Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 73.16
Liaison Ryan Ihrke
Submission Date July 29, 2011
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Green Mountain College
ER-9: Sustainability Learning Outcomes

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 10.00 / 10.00 Bill Throop
Provost's Office
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The number of graduates covered by the sustainability learning outcomes:

Total number of graduates :

A list of degree programs that have sustainability learning outcomes:

All undergraduate majors require completion of the ELA program, which has 23 sustainability learning outcomes.

List of undergraduate majors:
Adventure Recreation (BS)
Art (BA)
Biology (BA/BS)
Business (BS)
Communications (BA)
Elementary Education (BS)
English (BA)
Fine Arts (BFA)
Environmental Management (BS)
Environmental Studies (BA)
History (BA)
Interdisciplinary Studies (BA)
Natural Resources Management (BS)
Philosophy (BA)
Progressive Program (BA/BS)
Psychology (BA)
Resort & Hospitality Management (BS)
Sociology/Anthropology (BA)
Sustainable Agriculture & Food Production (BA)
Writing (BFA)
Youth Development & Camp Management (BS)

All GMC graduate programs have a sustainability focus:
MS in Environmental Studies
MBA in Sustainable Business
MS in Sustainable Food Systems (new)

The website URL where the publicly available sustainability course inventory that includes a list of degree programs that have specified sustainability learning outcomes is available:

A copy of the sustainability course inventory :
A list or sample of the sustainability learning outcomes associated with the degree programs:

Green Mountain College
Environmental Liberal Arts (ELA) Goals & Learning Outcomes

All undergraduates at GMC must complete at least 2 ELA core and multiple distribution courses. All ELA courses must make explicit connections between the course content and ELA sustainability learning outcomes, which are:

I. Systems Thinking
Students will understand the structure and dynamics of representative social and natural systems and their interrelationships.
1. Students will demonstrate knowledge of social systems and their historical development.
2. Students will demonstrate knowledge of ecological systems and how they have been historically conceived.
3. Students will demonstrate the ability to integrate knowledge of social and ecological systems to predict, assess, and analyze the effects of human activities.

II. Critical Thinking and Communication
Students will develop and apply strong problem-solving skills and communication skills.
1. Students will demonstrate the ability to communicate complex issues and ideas to diverse audiences in a variety of media.
2. Students will demonstrate the ability to evaluate reasoning and to create effective arguments that address these issues.
3. Students will demonstrate information literacy through the ability to access, understand, apply, and evaluate sources of information critically and to distinguish fact from opinion.
4. Students will apply these skills in service to their community.

III. Environmental Awareness
Students will understand the factors contributing to our domestic and global ecological challenges and demonstrate the ability to evaluate proposals for creating a
more sustainable future.
1. Students will understand contemporary environmental issues such as climate change, resource depletion and biodiversity loss as well as the complexity of proposed solutions.
2. Students will understand the history of land use and the changing relationship between humans and nature over time.
3. Students will be able to articulate a positive vision for a just and sustainable society.

IV. Reflective Self Awareness and Responsibility
Students will demonstrate ethical responsibility, aesthetic sensitivity, and multicultural awareness.
1. Students will demonstrate reflective self-awareness of their strengths and weaknesses.
2. Students will demonstrate empathy for others and the ability to entertain multiple perspectives.
3. Students will demonstrate the ability to clearly identify the ethical dimensions of environmental issues.
4. Students will understand the roles that concepts such as race, gender, sexual identity, religion, socioeconomic status, and ethnicity may play in identifying problems or responding to events.
5. Students will demonstrate an ability to respond to and reason about aesthetic considerations.

V. Liberal Arts Understanding
Students will demonstrate interdisciplinary integration of traditional liberal arts areas.
1. Students will demonstrate familiarity with the subject matter and methodologies of the arts, humanities, natural sciences, mathematics, and social sciences.
2. Students will draw on the knowledge base or methodologies of two or more disciplines to analyze, evaluate, or solve a complex problem.
3. Students will demonstrate the ability to use quantitative and qualitative methodologies to interpret and analyze natural and social phenomena.

Since GMC only offers sustainability related graduate programs, all graduate students also meet sustainability learning outcomes, which are available on the graduate program website http://www.greenmtn.edu/grad_programs.aspx.

At the heart of the College’s environmental mission is the 37-credit Environmental Liberal Arts general education curriculum, which all GMC students complete. ELA Learning Outcomes apply to all courses.

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