Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 45.97
Liaison Becky Haney
Submission Date Feb. 28, 2019
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STARS v2.1

Calvin University
AC-10: Support for Research

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 4.00 Becky Haney
Associate Professor
Economics
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Does the institution have an ongoing program to encourage students in multiple disciplines or academic programs to conduct research in sustainability? :
Yes

A brief description of the student research program, including the incentives provided and any positive outcomes during the previous three years:

The Calvin Environmental Assessment Program (CEAP) is a collaborative effort of faculty across Calvin’s campus, mainly in the sciences, whose focus is the understanding of the campus and local ecosystem. The goal is to impact the college and local municipalities as well as individual behavior. Faculty dedicate a regular lab session or project to collecting data that contributes to an overall assessment of the environment of the campus and surrounding area. Students then present posters of their findings every semester.
Calvin also funds summer undergraduate research programs through the Science division, which often includes sustainability related research. The Engineering department has secured funding for sustainability related research for students this summer.
More information can be found here:
http://www.calvin.edu/academic/science/summer/projectproposals2015.html


Does the institution have a program to encourage faculty from multiple disciplines or academic programs to conduct research in sustainability topics?:
Yes

A brief description of the faculty research program, including the incentives provided and any positive outcomes during the previous three years:

The CEAP program outlined above also encourages faculty members to take part in sustainability related research.


Has the institution published written policies and procedures that give positive recognition to interdisciplinary, transdisciplinary, and multidisciplinary research during faculty promotion and/or tenure decisions?:
No

A brief description of the institution’s support for interdisciplinary, transdisciplinary, and multidisciplinary research, including any positive outcomes during the previous three years:
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Does the institution have ongoing library support for sustainability research and learning?:
Yes

A brief description of the institution’s library support for sustainability research, including any positive outcomes during the previous three years:

Calvin facilitates peer-to-peer collaboration to support curriculum development around sustainability. The library staff are very responsive to the resource needs for faculty, including those pursuing sustainability research.

For example: As library resources were being culled, the Dean for Research advocated for the preservation of sustainability-related resources, such as Greenwire, to be kept.


The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
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Additional documentation to support the submission:
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This data was collected and entered by Dr. Becky Haney and Professor David Wunder, Dean for Faculty Development.

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