Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 66.70
Liaison David Gibson
Submission Date March 30, 2018
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STARS v2.1

Hampshire College
AC-2: Learning Outcomes

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.86 / 8.00 Steven Roof
Dean of the School of Natural Science
Natural Science
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Total number of graduates from degree programs (i.e. majors, minors, concentrations, certificates, and other academic designations):
778

Number of students that graduate from programs that have adopted at least one sustainability learning outcome:
84

Percentage of students who graduate from programs that have adopted at least one sustainability learning outcome:
10.80

Do the figures reported above cover one, two, or three academic years?:
Three

Does the institution specify sustainability learning outcomes at the institution level (e.g. covering all students)?:
No

Does the institution specify sustainability learning outcomes at the division level (e.g. covering particular schools or colleges within the institution)?:
No

A list or brief description of the institution level or division level sustainability learning outcomes:
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Does the institution specify sustainability learning outcomes at the program level (i.e. majors, minors, concentrations, degrees, diplomas, certificates, and other academic designations)?:
Yes

A list or brief description of the program level sustainability learning outcomes (or a list of sustainability-focused programs):

Environmental Studies and Sustainability Program (ESSP)
https://www.hampshire.edu/natural-science/environmental-studies-and-sustainability-program-essp

Hampshire's interdisciplinary Environmental Studies and Sustainability Program (ESSP) includes environmental science; ecology; sustainable agriculture; conservation; technology and design; and sustainable communities.

Through the ESSP Program, Hampshire students develop a truly interdisciplinary, project-based course of studies that allows them to tackle--with the help of faculty and other students--complex, real-world issues. This is just the preparation that college graduates need to face the difficult environmental problems and challenges of today.

At Hampshire every student designs their own program of study (self-defined majors) and the students that go through the ESSP program encounter specific sustainability learning outcomes in courses (see below) and also develop their sustainability learning outcomes in conjunction with close consultation with their faculty advisors.


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)?:
Yes

A list or brief description of the course level sustainability learning outcomes and the programs for which the courses are required:

Students at Hampshire College, by design, must negotiate courses of study with a pair of faculty advisors. There are no pre-defined majors or degree programs, nor does the College require any specific courses for graduation. Students, however, use Hampshire programs like the Environmental Studies and Sustainability Program (ESSP) to guide their studies. The ESSP program (https://www.hampshire.edu/natural-science/environmental-studies-and-sustainability-program-essp) promotes sustainability learning outcomes at the programmatic and course levels. Over the past 3 years, I (Steve Roof), can affirm that 84 students have graduated following the ESSP guidelines and have completed one or more courses that have defined sustainability learning outcomes.


The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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