Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 71.47
Liaison Ian Johnson
Submission Date March 5, 2021

STARS v2.2

Colorado College
AC-5: Immersive Experience

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Ian Johnson
Sustainability Director
Office of Sustainability
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Does the institution offer at least one immersive, sustainability-focused educational study program that is one week or more in length?:
Yes

A brief description of the sustainability-focused immersive program(s) offered by the institution:

Over 80% of Colorado College students will study off-campus for academic credit at least once during their undergraduate education here. Colorado College offers a carefully-reviewed selection of semester and year-long programs for off-campus study, internationally and domestically.

The Teaching and Research in Environmental Education (TREE) Semester is a 16-week, residential semester program that is similar to traditional study abroad experiences. Undergraduate students live and learn in an intentional community at the spectacular Catamount Center in the montane forest outside Woodland Park, Colorado. The TREE Semester is for students of all academic interests, but is specifically designed for those interested in exploring both environmental and educational fields. These scholars will cultivate their own and their K-12 students’ conceptions of environmental stewardship and respect for the natural world. Where traditional programs provide only limited teaching opportunities, the TREE Semester allows undergraduates to learn about their students’ development through ~100 hours of experiential teaching and program observations. Undergraduate students will learn by simultaneously teaching and researching how K-12 students develop. Our educational research informs our teaching and our teaching informs our research in a cycle of virtuous learning.


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