Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 56.72
Liaison Christie-Joy Hartman
Submission Date May 12, 2017
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James Madison University
AC-5: Immersive Experience

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Jennifer Coffman
Associate Executive Director
Office of International Programs
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Does the institution offer at least one immersive, sustainability-focused educational study program that is one week or more in length?:

A brief description of the sustainability-focused immersive program(s) offered by the institution, including how each program addresses the social, economic, and environmental dimensions of sustainability:

International immersive experience opportunities related to sustainability occur regularly and vary each year. Multiple programs have an explicit focus on sustainability, and/or include modules dedicated to the topic. For example, immersive courses regularly offered in Costa Rica, Germany, and Tanzania by faculty members from the College of Integrated Science and Engineering explicitly focus on human-environment interactions and conceptualizations of sustainability/appropriate technology. These programs promote place-based learning to explore dimensions of rural life, impacts of major cities, varied land uses and pressures on the land, and use and potential of renewable resources, among other things.

Ongoing programs at time of submission:
ANTH 391 / HIST 391 / GEOG 491 / ISAT 480: Tanzania: Human-Environment Interactions and Perspectives on Development, Part I (3 credits)
ANTH 391 / HIST 391 / GEOG 491 / ISAT 480 / ENGR 490: Tanzania: Human-Environment Interactions and Perspectives on Development, Part II (3 credits) http://www.jmu.edu/international/abroad/programs/jmu-east-africa-field-school.shtml

Punta Leona, Costa Rica, Costa Rica Energy, Jul 28 - Aug 18, 2017 http://www.jmu.edu/international/abroad/programs/jmu-costa-rica-energy.shtml

Saarbrücken, Germany, Environmental and Energy Sustainability in Germany, Jun 25 - Jul 22, 2017 http://www.jmu.edu/international/abroad/programs/jmu-germany-isat.shtml

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

Responsible party Dr. Jennifer Coffman, Associate Executive Director, Office of International Programs.
Dr. Jason Good, Director of Study Abroad, Office of International Programs, confirmed that the three programs mentioned above occurred in both 2015 and 2016.
Data entered by Melissa Altman.

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