Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 65.55
Liaison Susan Powers
Submission Date Feb. 22, 2019
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Clarkson University
AC-2: Learning Outcomes

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 5.39 / 8.00 Susan Powers
Assoc. Dir. Sustainability
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Total number of graduates from degree programs (i.e. majors, minors, concentrations, certificates, and other academic designations):

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

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

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

Does the institution specify sustainability learning outcomes at the institution level (e.g. covering all students)?:

Does the institution specify sustainability learning outcomes at the division level (e.g. covering particular schools or colleges within the institution)?:

A list or brief description of the institution level or division level sustainability learning outcomes:

For undergraduate students. University-level learning outcomes for all undergraduate degree programs include aspects of sustainability in terms of experiencing diversity, personal and professional ethics, and science and technology with their impact on society and the environment. The overall learning outcomes are defined as:
* In addition to attaining mastery of the core knowledge within the field, a Clarkson education is designed to enable students to <only env/social sustainability ones included>: (https://www.clarkson.edu/about-clarkson)
• solve real-world, open-ended problems with creativity and risk taking to obtain solutions that are practical and sustainable, including those they encounter in state-of-the-art research under the direction of distinguished faculty;
• develop and refine exceptional communication skills with an awareness of potential cultural differences;
• lead effectively and work productively within disciplinary and multidisciplinary teams composed of members with diverse interests and backgrounds;
This same statement is also written as:
* Knowledge is the essence of a university education, and each Clarkson graduate is expected to become knowledgeable beyond his or her major field in these areas <only the one that includes sustainability included here>:
 science and technology, including their relationship to society and their impact on the environment

The overarching learning outcomes are accomplished through required selection of courses in 6 knowledge areas. Each of the courses approved as fulfilling Knowledge Areas must include specific learning outcomes. Two of the six knowledge areas have sustainability related learning outcomes.

For ALL Undergraduate students: (relevant learning outcomes for required knowledge area courses)
Science, Technology and Society (STS): Analyze relationships among science, technology, and the health and welfare of humans and sustainability of the environment.
Economics and Organization (EO): Analyze the allocation of resources for production and consumption and the implications for local and global development, sustainable growth, and the environment

The overall Learning Outcomes included above is stated in the Clarkson Catalog (see URL in data sources, pp24-26) The details for the learning outcomes for the STS and EO knowledge areas are only available through Clarkson's intranet (general access not available)

Does the institution specify sustainability learning outcomes at the program level (i.e. majors, minors, concentrations, degrees, diplomas, certificates, and other academic designations)?:

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

Learning outcomes for programs:
Biology: (from Clarkson Catalog, URL in data sources, p. 74)
* Students will obtain insight to current issues of bioethical concern ranging from preservation of global biodiversity to the improvement of human health through modern advances in biotechnology.

Environmental Science & Policy (p. 203)
* Understand how technology has impacted the environment and how technology can be a solution to environmental challenged
* Understand how policy impacts environmental and public health

Environmental Health Science: (p. 208)
* Recognize and evaluate types of occupational and environmental health hazards present in modern workplace and community environments
* Describe and evaluate regulations and policies associated with environmental health

ABET Accreditation(1) for all undergraduate engineering and Engrg. & Management students requires sustainability. Each department defines learning objectives accordingly. Current learning outcomes are included in ABET Self Study report, which is not yet available on the web.

Engineering and Management:
* Prepare students who... Apply technical problem solving skills to develop innovative, effective and sustainable solutions to complex problems.

Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineering:
* graduates will competently apply engineering methods to solve professional problems associated with the design, manufacture, and maintenance of aircraft and related systems and understand the social, ethical, and environmental context of their work;

Chemical Engineering
* (c) an ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability

Civil Engineering & Environmental Engineering
Students will have the opportunity to demonstrate their ability to design a system, component or process to meet desired needs for the public good. (Public good defined as public health, safety and welfare, as well as global, national, cultural, social, environmental and economic factors)

Electrical Engineering, Software Engineering & Computer Engineering
* An ability to recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgments, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts. (in ABET self study report, not yet on the web)

AACSB accreditation(2) for students in the Reh School of Business also require sustainability:
Learning objectives defined for overall Reh Undergrad Programs including the E&M to be reported to AACSB:
Our students apply cross-cultural and global issues in making business decisions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context.
Additional Learning objectives defined only for E&M:
An ability to recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgments, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts.

Graduate Programs:
MS/PhD in Env. Science and Engrg., MS Env. Politics and Governance,
Apply advanced discipline-specific content knowledge to identify, analyze, and/or propose solutions to aspects of complex, real world problems
i. (ESE) Fundamental knowledge, skill, and practical experience in the field of environmental science and engineering
ii. (EPG) Ability to examine the social, economic, and political dimensions of environmental issues.

MS Energy Systems:
The objective of the Master of Science in Energy Systems is to enable students to integrate: ... energy related courses, ...fundamental discipline courses and (3) courses regarding the impact of environmental, economic, and regulatory issues on energy (Graduate catalog (3), p. 96)

(1) https://www.abet.org/accreditation/accreditation-criteria/criteria-for-accrediting-engineering-programs-2018-2019/#GC3.
(2) https://www.aacsb.edu/-/media/aacsb/docs/accreditation/business/standards-and-tables/2018-business-standards.ashx?la=en&hash=B9AF18F3FA0DF19B352B605CBCE17959E32445D9 (p.7)
(3) https://www.clarkson.edu/sites/default/files/2018-10/18-19%20GRADUATE%20CATALOG_Final%20-%20Copy.pdf

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)?:

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

very extensive list for all classes included in above course inventory

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

General description of the Common Experience in the undergraduate catalog, p. 24 https://www.clarkson.edu/sites/default/files/2018-10/18-19%20Undergraduate%20Catalog%20_final%20-%20Copy.pdf
The campus wide learning objectives apply only to undergraduate students.
Graduate learning objectives vary by program

Numbers of graduates from 2018 campus Fact book
Graduates with at least one sustainability learning objective:
* all undergraduate students (712) (Sust. LO through Knowledge Area Courses)
Graduate students in ESE/EPG (5), MS Energy Sys (9) degree programs = 726
Total degrees awarded: 1078

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