Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 75.28
Liaison Yumiko Jakobcic
Submission Date March 3, 2023

STARS v2.2

Grand Valley State University
AC-2: Learning Outcomes

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 8.00 / 8.00 Yumiko Jakobcic
Campus Sustainability Coordinator
Office of Sustainability Practices
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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?:
Yes

Which of the following best describes the sustainability learning outcomes?:
Sustainability-focused

A list of the institution level sustainability learning outcomes:
Yes, GVSU commits to a culture of educational equity for all students by incorporating environmental, human, and economic factors toward global and societal vitality. The General Education Program prepares students for informed citizenship, leading to responsible participation in local, national, and global communities. All students learn about the natural sciences: the physical and life sciences are rooted in the creative human endeavor to understand, control, and adapt to nature. The natural sciences are a continuing, skeptical, self-correcting inquiry that strives for increasingly inclusive explanations of our physical universe and its life forms. The physical and life sciences taken together provide you with awareness of the role of science in human society, scientific methodologies as ways of knowing, and a knowledge about the workings of the natural world. Scientific inquiry is one of the distinguishing characteristics of the contemporary world; a scientifically literate person can apply scientific knowledge and habits of mind to both individual and social purposes. All students are required to study the physical sciences as part of the General Education Foundation Requirements: The physical sciences seek to explore and explain the structure and processes of the physical universe. They seek to understand the fundamental workings of nature, from the behavior of atoms to the functioning of the galaxies. Study of the history, methodologies, concepts, and applications of the physical sciences assists you in becoming scientifically literate. Each course in this category is a broad introduction to one or more of the physical sciences. Courses contribute to the development of critical-thinking and problem-solving skills, and help you apply an understanding of scientific thinking to your own life and career. The physical science course options are Chemistry and Society, Environmental Geology, Oceans, or Living with the Great Lakes. https://www.gvsu.edu/gened/foundations-physical-sciences-271.htm All students are required to study life sciences as part of the General Education Foundations Requirements: The life sciences are the study of the structure and function of living things. Such study ranges from the level of molecules within cells to ecosystems of organisms interacting with each other and their environment. Study of the concepts, history, contexts, and methodologies of the life sciences assists you in becoming scientifically literate. Courses in this category prepare you to understand and appreciate not only yourself as an organism, but also other organisms in the world around you. Courses contribute to the development of critical-thinking and problem-solving skills and help you apply an understanding of scientific ways of thinking to make more informed personal and social choices. The life science course option includes Environmental Science. https://www.gvsu.edu/gened/foundations-life-sciences-272.htm

Total number of graduates from degree programs:
6,371

Number of graduates from degree programs that require an understanding of the concept of sustainability:
3,760

A brief description of how the figure above was determined:
The figure was determined through examination of the student learning outcomes of each program, as well as the required courses.

A list of degree programs that require an understanding of the concept of sustainability:
Please see the attachment.

Documentation supporting the figure reported above (upload):
Do the figures reported above cover one, two, or three academic years?:
One

Percentage of students who graduate from programs that require an understanding of the concept of sustainability:
59.02

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