Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 79.98
Liaison Lindsey Lyons
Submission Date March 5, 2021

STARS v2.2

Dickinson College
AC-2: Learning Outcomes

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 8.00 / 8.00 Lindsey Lyons
Assistant Director
Center for Sustainability Education
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Has the institution adopted one or more sustainability learning outcomes that apply to the entire student body or, at minimum, to the institution's predominant student body?:

Which of the following best describes the sustainability learning outcomes?:

A list of the institution level sustainability learning outcomes:

Students are required to take one sustainability course as part of the graduation requirement. This was passed by Dickinson faculty through the Academic Programs and Standards Committee (APSC) in May 2015 and continues to remain in effect. We formally adopted sustainability learning outcomes at the institution level to support this initiative.

Sustainability courses offered across the curriculum address the question, "How do we improve the human condition equitably in this and future generations, while conserving environmental systems necessary to support healthy and vibrant societies?"

Sustainability Investigations courses engage students in deep and focused exploration of sustainability as a major theme of the course, through which students gain a rich understanding of multiple dimensions of sustainability.

Sustainability Connections courses build competencies in knowledge and methods of a field that is relevant to understanding sustainability and demonstrate connections between the subject matter of the course and sustainability. Students are introduced to sustainability, sustainable development or related concepts.

To be designated as s sustainability course, these course must include student learning outcomes in the course syllabus stating that students will demonstrate abilities to:
Think critically about a sustainability question, problem and/or potential solution, and
Articulate connections between the field of study of the course and sustainability.

Total number of graduates from degree programs:

Number of graduates from degree programs that require an understanding of the concept of sustainability:

A brief description of how the figure above was determined:

This data is for 2019-20 and was obtained from the registrar. 522 students graduated in the class of 2020, and 175 unique individuals had a major or certificate in one or more of degree programs listed below that require and understanding of the concept of sustainability.

A list of degree programs that require an understanding of the concept of sustainability:

Sustainability is a graduation requirement for all degree programs at Dickinson. Every student must take one course, but many go way beyond that.

These degree programs were used to count the number of graduates from degree programs that require an understanding of the concept of sustainability:

Earth Science
Environmental Science
Environmental Studies
Food Studies Certificate
International Business and Management
International Studies
Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Documentation supporting the figure reported above (upload):

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

Percentage of students who graduate from programs that require an understanding of the concept of sustainability:

Website URL where information about the sustainability learning outcomes is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:

All sustainability courses can be viewed online at:

Sustainability-related courses explore social, economic and environmental dimensions of sustainability challenges and solutions. The courses vary in the degree to which sustainability is a focus of study and are classified into two categories. Sustainability Investigations courses (SINV) engage students in a deep and focused study of problems with sustainability as a major emphasis of the course. Sustainability Connections courses (SCON) engage students in making connections between the main topic of the course and sustainability. Sustainability is related to but is not a major focus of SCON courses. At Dickinson, all students must complete a sustainability course as a graduation requirement.

Longitudinal data is available on the Sustainability Dashboard for this credit:

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