Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 74.24
Liaison Lindsey Lyons
Submission Date April 30, 2015
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Dickinson College
AC-2: Learning Outcomes

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 7.65 / 8.00 Lindsey Lyons
Assistant Director
Center for Sustainability Education
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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:

Sustainability focused and related courses are identified each semester and the online list of sustainability courses is made available to students prior to the course selection period for the coming semester. Students can also do course searches using the designated SCON & SINV attributes in our online course offering software to identify sustainability focuses and related courses. Through this formal designation system, which identifies sustainability course sections that are SCON & SINV with the registrar, we are able to track enrollment of sustainability courses over time. This includes both total enrollment as well as unique student enrollment.

With four years of course designation data, we know that over 96% of the graduating class of 2015 have taken one or more sustainability courses, and 84% have taken two or more during their studies at Dickinson. This does not include courses taken abroad.

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

• Think critically about problems of improving the human condition equitably in this and future generations, while conserving environmental systems necessary to support healthy and vibrant societies;
• Solve problems by applying sustainability concepts and principles;
• Communicate effectively to raise awareness, increase understanding, and motivate action for sustainability; and
• Collaborate with others, working with and leading teams or groups to advance shared sustainability goals.

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

Sustainability learning outcomes have been established as a goal and expectation for all Dickinson students. Students are not required to attain the goals, but are instead challenged and encouraged to meet the goals voluntarily. We are having great success with this approach. 96% of the graduating class of 2015 (546 graduates out of a class of 571) has taken one or more sustainability courses and met one or more of the sustainability learning outcomes during four years of study. We have deliberately chosen this voluntary approach because we believe that it can be more effective than imposing sustainability learning outcomes as a college-wide requirement. We do have programs for which requirements include sustainability learning outcomes. These include Environmental Studies and Environmental Science.

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