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Carnegie Mellon University
AC-2: Learning Outcomes

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.89 / 8.00 Erika Ninos
Environmental Program Coordinator
Steinbrenner Institute
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Number of students who graduated from a program that has adopted at least one sustainability learning outcome:

Total number of graduates from degree programs:

A copy of the list or inventory of degree, diploma or certificate programs that have sustainability learning outcomes:
A list of degree, diploma or certificate programs that have sustainability learning outcomes:

Undergraduate- level degree programs:
Civil and Environmental Engineering
Engineering and Public Policy
Additional Major in Environmental Policy
Minor in Environmental Science
Minor in Environmental Studies
Scholars in Humanities and Sciences Program
Minor in Environmental Engineering and Sustainability
Minor in Science, Technology and Society
Minor in Building Science and Design

Graduate-level degree programs :
Civil and Environmental Engineering
Engineering and Public Policy
Energy Science Technology and Policy
Public Policy and Management
Architecture- Sustainable Design
Architecture- Urban Design
Architecture- Building Performance and Diagnostics

A list or sample of the sustainability learning outcomes associated with degree, diploma or certificate programs (if not included in an inventory above):

The Carnegie Institute of Technology offers a minor in Environmental Engineering and Sustainability (website listed below). The course catalog defines the scope and goals of the program in the following way: "Concern for the environment now influences a wide range of public, private and engineering decisions. Environmental Engineering is widely recognized as a discipline at the graduate and professional level, and undergraduate training in environmental issues and processes can provide the preparation necessary to pursue this career path, or serve as a useful complement to a career in any of the traditional areas of engineering. Effective preparation requires broad knowledge and skills in the areas of environmental engineering, sustainability, and environmental policy."

The School of Architecture at Carnegie Mellon makes a similar commitment to sustainability learning outcomes via the student handbook (website listed below), "At a time when the planet faces significant challenges, the focus of our School on sustainable urbanism prepares its graduates to provide leadership in creating innovative solutions. Through strategic academic, government, industry, and practice partnerships, we have defined an innovative and collaborative pedagogy enabling our students to succeed in a variety of careers. The School of Architecture holds a deep appreciation of its diverse community by cultivating an intellectual climate where individuals are nurtured to act as agents of change, improving both social and environmental conditions nationally and internationally."

The mission statement of the Department of Engineering and Public Policy includes the following language (website below), "The Department of Engineering and Public Policy (EPP) is a unique engineering department, whose overall objective is to enhance undergraduate engineering education with the perspectives and skills that enable the engineer to understand and work at the interface between technology and society. Society is largely responsible for setting the goals and framing the problems that engineers work on. However, technologies designed by engineers profoundly change the societies in which they operate." Undergraduate EPP students develop "an understanding of ideas and analytical tools in economics, decision science, and other social sciences through several required courses and a group of "social analysis electives."




The website URL where information about the institution’s sustainability learning outcomes is available:

*The number of graduates from a program with a ta least one sustainability outcome is difficult to compile with a high degree of accuracy. For the purposes of this survey, the number provided is the number of graduates (Bachelor's, Master's and Doctoral) from the departments listed among those with sustainability learning outcomes and are as follows:
School of Architecture (82 total graduates in 2011-2012)
Civil and Environmental Engineering (142 total graduates in 2011-2012).
Engineering and Public Policy (24 graduates in 2011-2012)
Public Policy and Management (142 graduates in 2011-2012)
Science and Humanities Scholars Program (49 graduates in 2011-2012)

Carnegie Mellon University offers many courses and programs that can be required by certain departments or can be taken by students voluntarily as electives or as non-credit classes. As such, scope of measurement for this criteria proves to be infeasible to track and record.

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