Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 62.34
Liaison Christie-Joy Hartman
Submission Date Jan. 27, 2022

STARS v2.2

James Madison University
AC-5: Immersive Experience

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Dietrich Maune
Center for Global Engagement
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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:

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 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. *Note many of the programs were suspended during the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020 and 2021.

Examples of programs:
Multiple Areas, Tanzania, ANTH 391 / HIST 391 / GEOG 491 / ISAT 480 / SOCI 391 Human-Environment Interactions and Perspectives on Development, Part I and ANTH 391 / HIST 391 / GEOG 491 / ISAT 480 / SOCI 391 Human-Environment Interactions and Perspectives on Development, Part II, Summer, http://www.jmu.edu/international/abroad/programs/jmu-east-africa-field-school.shtml

Punta Leon, Costa Rica, ISAT 416, 480, 492, 493 CISE Energy and Environmental Projects, Summer 2021. https://www.jmu.edu/global/abroad/programs/jmu-costa-rica-isat.shtml.

Kappara, Malta, ENGR 498, GEOG 491, IDLS 391, ISAT 480 Sustainability, Technology, and Education in Malta

Arusha, Shirati, Tanzania, HON 300, NSG 531 Sustainability with a Global Perspective in Tanzania

Accessed November 2021.

Website URL where information about the institution’s immersive education programs is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:

Information obtained from Center for Global Engagement website: http://www.jmu.edu/international/abroad/search-courses.shtml.

The responsible party, Dr. Dietrich Maune, was the interim Director of the Center for Global Engagement at the time of completion of this credit.

Completed by Essa Paterson, ISNW, November 12, 2021.

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