Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 45.97
Liaison Becky Haney
Submission Date Feb. 28, 2019
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Calvin University
AC-2: Learning Outcomes

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.78 / 8.00 Becky Haney
Associate Professor
Economics
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Total number of graduates from degree programs (i.e. majors, minors, concentrations, certificates, and other academic designations):
855

Number of students that graduate from programs that have adopted at least one sustainability learning outcome:
83

Percentage of students who graduate from programs that have adopted at least one sustainability learning outcome:
9.71

Do the figures reported above cover one, two, or three academic years?:
One

Does the institution specify sustainability learning outcomes at the institution level (e.g. covering all students)?:
No

Does the institution specify sustainability learning outcomes at the division level (e.g. covering particular schools or colleges within the institution)?:
No

A list or brief description of the institution level or division level sustainability learning outcomes:
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Does the institution specify sustainability learning outcomes at the program level (i.e. majors, minors, concentrations, degrees, diplomas, certificates, and other academic designations)?:
Yes

A list or brief description of the program level sustainability learning outcomes (or a list of sustainability-focused programs):

Programs with explicit sustainability SLOs:

1. Environmental Science Major/Minor
The environmental science major program of concentration is intended for students who plan to pursue a career requiring scientific training in environmental problems and their solutions. The major will prepare you for jobs in a variety of fields and for further study in graduate programs such as ecology, environmental science, or natural resource management. This major requires successful completion of BIO 160 which includes a learning outcome related to Environmental Stewardship.(see below)
(https://calvin.edu/academics/departments-programs/geo/academics/environmental-science-major-geology-emphasis)

2. Environmental Studies Major/Minor.
Learn about the impact humans have on the environment and how you can contribute to the global effort to restore and preserve our planet. This major requires successful completion of BIO 160 which includes a learning outcome related to Environmental Stewardship.(see below)
(https://calvin.edu/academics/departments-programs/geo/academics/environmental-studies-minor)

3. Biology Major/Minor.
This major requires successful completion of BIO 160 which includes a learning outcome related to Environmental Stewardship.(see below)

4. Geography Major/Minor.
This major requires the successful complete of Geography 200 which includes a learning outcome related to human and natural systems dynamics. (see below)

5. Program for Sustainability Engineering (available starting AY 2016-17)
The Program for Sustainability Engineering (PSE) educates students and the community to understand and demonstrate commitments to sustainable approaches to addressing important problems of our contemporary world. The PSE oversees the sustainability designation to the Bachelors of Science in Engineering (BSE) degree.

The PSE provides funding for “sustainability challenges” and “analysis of sustainability engineering systems” courses within the engineering department, funding for the “economics of energy and sustainability” course in the economics department, and student/faculty research.

In addition, the PSE maintains and advances sustainability-related teaching and research infrastructure, provides community outreach on sustainability-related topics, and serves as an institutional home for other sustainability-related activities within the engineering department. Students are encouraged to participate with the PSE as interns, researchers, and student club members.(https://calvin.edu/academics/departments-programs/engineering/academics/program-for-sustainability/)

The Program for Sustainable Engineering proposal is attached. This was submitted and approved by faculty senate. The proposal contains the full set of Student Learning Outcomes, their descriptions, and rich detail about the program.


Do course level sustainability learning outcomes contribute to the figure reported above (i.e. in the absence of program, division, or institution level learning outcomes)?:
Yes

A list or brief description of the course level sustainability learning outcomes and the programs for which the courses are required:

BIO 160 "Ecological and Evolutionary Systems: SLO: Students will use systems thinking to understand ecosystem dynamics. Students will be able to critically examine Christian perspectives on the interrelationship between human and nature.

GEOG 200 "People, Place, and Community" SLO: Students will be understand the interactions between culture and nature, Students will assess risk related to cultural and natural landscapes.


The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
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Additional documentation to support the submission:

Data obtained from the registrar per email 01.22.2019:
Total # undergraduates who earned a degree in 17-18: 855
Biology Major/Minor 44 majors, 5 minors
Geography Major/Minor 8 maj, 4 minors
Environmental Studies Major/Minor 5 maj, 4 min
Environmental Science Major/Minor 4 maj, no minor exists for env sci
Sustainable Designation Engineering 9

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