Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 58.54
Liaison Kevin Miller
Submission Date March 6, 2020

STARS v2.2

Goshen College
AC-10: Support for Sustainability Research

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 4.00 / 4.00 Kevin Miller
Gifts Officer
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Does the institution have an ongoing program to encourage students in multiple disciplines or academic programs to conduct sustainability research?:

A brief description of the student sustainability research program:

The Hickory Scholars summer research program is a paid opportunity for students to participate in research specifically pertaining to sustainability. The program is open to undergraduate students from all disciplines. The 2019 Hickory Scholars participants took on the task of completing the first STARS assessment for Goshen College since 2014.

Does the institution have a program to encourage academic staff from multiple disciplines or academic programs to conduct sustainability research?:

A brief description of the faculty sustainability research program:

The Maple Scholars/Hickory Scholars program pairs faculty members with student interns to conduct research for 8 weeks each summer. The faculty members receive stipends on top of their regular salary. Although the program is not limited to sustainability research, several projects each year are sustainability-related. Hickory Scholar research is coordinated with the Merry Lea Environmental Learning Center faculty and is always sustainability-related. Maple Scholar research may or may not be sustainability-related.

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?:

A copy of the promotion or tenure guidelines or policies:
The promotion or tenure guidelines or policies:

The GC Teaching Faculty Performance Checklist includes a number of areas recognizing the value of interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary collaboration, all of which are considered in promotion/tenure decisions.

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

A brief description of the institution’s library support for sustainability research:

The Harold and Wilma Good Library offers subject guides on the topic of sustainability. There is also a library located at the Merry Lea Learning Center which offers resources covering numerous sustainability topics.

Website URL where information about the institution’s support for sustainability research is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:

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