|Submission Date||Feb. 27, 2018|
AC-2: Learning Outcomes
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Director of Sustainability
Office of Sustainability
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:
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):
The Environmental Studies (ENS) Department at Elon University embodies a transdisciplinary vision grounded in the ethical integration of the natural world and human systems. The primary purpose is to prepare future environmental professionals and to graduate environmentally-engaged and sustainability-minded citizens. Students participate in a wide range of courses across the university with opportunities to engage in local, regional, and global environmental issues. In the ENS programs, students take a balanced, interdisciplinary core of classes grounded in ecological understanding. The strength of the program is from the emphasis placed on considering the environment from many perspectives – for example, discussing water resources in science, social science and humanities classes.
Environmental Studies graduates (B.S., A.B.) should demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the following core concepts (Goals 1-3) and competency in the following core technical/intellectual/cognitive skills (Goals 4-8).
Goal 1: Ecological, Scientific, and Sustainability Literacy
Goal 2: Political and Economic Literacy
Goal 3: Ethical and Cultural Literacy
Goal 4: Effective Use of Literature
Goal 5: Experience with Scientific Methods and Instrumentation
Goal 6: Effective Communication Skills
Goal 7: Integrative and Critical Approach to Defining, Understanding and Addressing Environmental Controversies
Goal 8: Community Engagement and Complex Project Development
Environmental Studies graduates in the Environmental and Ecological Sciences B.S. degree program should demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the following core concepts (Goals 1-2) and competency in the following core technical/intellectual/cognitive skills (Goals 3-6).
Goal 1: Environmental and Ecological Literacy
Goal 2: Applied Management and Conservation
Goal 3: Ability to use the scientific literature for ecological and environmental research
Goal 4: Ability to use standard methodology and instrumentation in field and laboratory settings
Goal 5: Effective Communication Skills
Goal 6: Community Engagement and Complex Project Development
See provided document for additional information on each goal.
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:
The Poverty and Social Justice Minor requires the successful completion of a sustainability focused course, COR 443 Poverty and Social Justice.
The Environmental and Sustainability Studies Minor requires the successful completion of a sustainability focused course, ENS 111 Introduction to Environmental Science.
The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
The number of graduates and learning outcomes information is based on the 2016 - 2017 academic year.
The information presented here is self-reported. While AASHE staff review portions of all STARS reports and institutions are welcome to seek additional forms of review, the data in STARS reports are not verified by AASHE. If you believe any of this information is erroneous or inconsistent with credit criteria, please review the process for inquiring about the information reported by an institution and complete the Data Inquiry Form.