Overall Rating Bronze
Overall Score 36.50
Liaison Katy Everett
Submission Date Oct. 26, 2018
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STARS v2.1

Eureka College
AC-10: Support for Research

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 4.00 Katy Everett
Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies
Science and Mathematics
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Does the institution have an ongoing program to encourage students in multiple disciplines or academic programs to conduct research in sustainability? :
Yes

A brief description of the student research program, including the incentives provided and any positive outcomes during the previous three years:

*Sustainability Intern (Rabecka Williamson): two credit internship to help gain the information needed for the STARS report

*Sustainability Committee for Eureka College: has a requirement to have specific students on the College's committee including a student from Student Senate, a Residential Adviser, and a representative from the environmental group on campus (SAGE).
*Environmental Studies Senior Capstone Course (6 students):
4 students are working on the rain-collecting/prairie garden on campus that was installed a few years ago by another class; they are collecting seeds, removing invasive species, and creating a manual for future students/workers on how to properly maintain the garden. (This project also includes another student on campus from the humanities). Another student is writing a grant for solar panel charging stations on campus. The last student is collecting data to report for the college for STARS report along with working on the foundry work of a Green Revolving Fund for the college.
*Luke Brodhal is working with a faculty member (Dr. Hennessy) to collect data and remove invasive species at the local wooded park in Eureka; they are mainly focusing on honeysuckle.
*In the environmental art course, taught by Rhea Edge each year, each student has to do a large campus art display that focuses on an environmental issue of their choosing.


Does the institution have a program to encourage faculty from multiple disciplines or academic programs to conduct research in sustainability topics?:
No

A brief description of the faculty research program, including the incentives provided and any positive outcomes during the previous three years:
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Has the institution published written policies and procedures that give positive recognition to interdisciplinary, transdisciplinary, and multidisciplinary research during faculty promotion and/or tenure decisions?:
Yes

A brief description of the institution’s support for interdisciplinary, transdisciplinary, and multidisciplinary research, including any positive outcomes during the previous three years:

Our faculty handbook includes text that states work in disciplines as well as cooperation and collaboration with other faculty/staff is evaluated in tenure decisions.


Does the institution have ongoing library support for sustainability research and learning?:
Yes

A brief description of the institution’s library support for sustainability research, including any positive outcomes during the previous three years:

We have a journal subscription to the International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education from the years 2014 to 2017 where classes have used it as research/knowledge support. The sustainability course on campus has been working on how we can better our campus and use these journals to see what is occurring elsewhere.

The library also continually adds free access texts as needed to support our Sustainability curriculum.


The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
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Additional documentation to support the submission:
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Spoke with Kelly Fischer (librarian) to get information on library support;
spoke with division chairs (or professors they pointed me to) to gather information on what their students are working on.

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