Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 65.91
Liaison Elizabeth Swiman
Submission Date Dec. 19, 2018
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Florida State University
AC-2: Learning Outcomes

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.33 / 8.00 Jamie Valentine
Partnerships Coordinator
Sustainable Campus
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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:

Department of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Science:
- Understand interdisciplinary concerns with the planet
- Understand a systems approach that the earth, ocean, and atmospheric processes are coupled

College of Social Sciences and Public Policy:
- Understand the impact of culture, social, and political institutions on such issues as poverty, economic growth, terrorism, and international relations on a local and global scale

Department of Urban and Regional Planning:
- Understand how to shape resilient communities and ecosystems in order to promote human capabilities, social justice, sustainable livelihoods, and community health and safety
- Understand how to teach, conduct research, and carry out service to contribute to a better community

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):

LL. M. Environmental, Energy, and Land Use Law:
- Understand the industrial and chemical sources of pollutants in the atmosphere, and their consequences for human and environmental health
- Explain policies, issues, and legislation related to sustainable design
- Appreciate the nuances and complexities of important environmental debates
- Learn how to make an effective argument with stories and scientific evidence

LL.M. Environmental Law and Policy:
- Equip students to evaluate more effectively the decision-making and planning choices made at municipal and regional levels
- Appreciate the nuances and complexities of important environmental debates
- Learn how to make an effective argument with stories and scientific evidence

B.S. Environmental Science:
- Understand human behavior and diversity
- Aptitude in ecology, taxonomy, natural resource management
- Understanding of science, critical thinking, reading science, writing, experimental design
- Understanding of the ecology of tropical marine habitats, their interconnectivity, and the roles they play in overall ecosystem health.
- Understanding of the biology of sharks and their relatives and the fisheries management and conservation challenges that are unique to these taxa.
- Understand global challenges to sustainability from economic, environmental and social perspectives
- Understand how science interacts with culture, society, economics, and politics to affect the environment
- Discern alternatives to current practices that impact long-term sustainability - evaluate the impact of personal decisions on local, regional, national and global sustainability
- Evaluate the impact of personal decisions on the environment and personal life goals - develop decision-making tools to move toward fulfillment of personal life goals
- Implement personal behaviors consistent with personal life goals
- Critically analyze a major problem at both the global and local levels
- Assess and make recommendations for the application of sustainable practices to institutions with power
- Speak and write effectively about issues of sustainability, and practice working effectively in a group
- Understanding of science and agriculture, reading science, critical thinking, writing, proposal formulation

B.A. Environment and Society:
- Identify components and key actors of the global food system as it has emerged over the last century and articulated a number of social, ecological and economic impacts of that system
- Describe how urban planning can interface with the global food system at local and regional scales and what roles planners might play in assessing and shaping policy for local food systems
- Recognize the magnitude and breath of society’s impact on the environment
- Learn how to conduct research and use theory in order to create a plan to promote healthy, pro-social, or pro-environmental behaviors among a relevant group of people
- Propose a programmatic or research initiative to address a social need
- Engage in activities that increase awareness of where we live, what we consume, what we waste, and the consequences of our decisions
- Comprehend the scientific theories associated with sustainability

B.S., M.S., & Ph.D. Geography:
- Gain knowledge of the earth's systems and processes

M.S. Sustainable Energy:
- Explain environmental concerns and challenges related to natural resources
- Ability to analyze energy usage of processes
- Ability to choose separation processes that are most economical

B.S. Civil & Environmental Engineering:
- Apply the principles of sustainability as they relate to the building envelope as well as the interior
- Understand the categories associated with Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED)
- Apply the sustainable principles and LEED requirements in a design project
- Master an awareness of, an understanding of, or a competency in the aesthetic, mathematical and mechanical approaches to lighting and electrical systems design

M.S. & Ph.D. Urban & Regional Planning:
- Understand the concept of “sprawl”, the problems rightly attributed to this development pattern, and the issues that arise in promoting different urban patterns.
- Provide a basic understanding of some of the most important tools and techniques employed by planners to manage growth.
- Understand the evolution of growth management efforts in the United States.
- Understand the principles of environmentally sensitive land use, design and development to enhance social-ecological resilience
- Understanding of how transportation investments and policies influence land use patterns
- Understand what it means to have a transport system that is environmentally, socially, and economically sustainable

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:

Below is a sample of the hundreds of sustainability-related courses in the following format: program, required courses within that program, and the sustainability learning outcome associated with that course. The data signifying sustainability course and associated learning outcomes was pulled from Campus Solutions utilizing the key words from AC1.

Foodways Archaeology
Understand the role food played in shaping identity, gender construction, ethnicity and rituals in past societies.
Understand other disciplinary perspectives on food, such as those from history, literature, economics and environmental studies.

Population Ecology
Students understand the theory of population growth and regulation, demographic theory and analytical methods, life history variation and evolution
Conservation Biology
Understand the history of the conservation movement, the research on populations of animals and plants that is relevant to man's impact upon the environment, pollution in terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems, endangered species, government regulation, and sustainable development.

Debating Economic Issues
Understand how to apply economic analysis to current economic policy issues such as: financial markets, Social Security, debt finance, health care, immigration, global climate change and environmental policy, regulation, welfare reform, labor market discrimination, and drug policy.

Political Science
Environmental Politics and Policy
Critically analyze actions taken by government to protect and improve environmental quality in the United States including underlying scientific principles, the major actors in policy making, existing legislation, and future challenges.

Public Administration
Public Health and Emergency Management
Understand international public health events that have either evolved into disasters, or are born of disasters.

Diversity and Social Justice
Be able to apply theoretical frameworks to the forms and mechanisms associated with diversity, differences, and oppression.
Be able to engage in empathic communication on the advancement of social and economic justice and human rights in national and global contexts.

Introduction to Demography
Understand the scope and content of population study, with attention to demographic theories, data, and research; factors affecting population change, mortality, fertility, mobility, and population composition and distribution, and empirical and policy consequences of population dynamics.

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Data was collected from a year long time period: July, 1 2017-June 30,2018

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