Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 47.51
Liaison Chris Frantsvog
Submission Date May 1, 2014
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Luther College
AC-2: Learning Outcomes

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.23 / 8.00 Maren Stumme-Diers
Assistant Sustainability Coordinator
Environmental Studies
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Number of students who graduated from a program that has adopted at least one sustainability learning outcome:
16

Total number of graduates from degree programs:
549

A copy of the list or inventory of degree, diploma or certificate programs that have sustainability learning outcomes:
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A list of degree, diploma or certificate programs that have sustainability learning outcomes:
Environmental Studies

A list or sample of the sustainability learning outcomes associated with degree, diploma or certificate programs (if not included in an inventory above):
Environmental Studies Learning Outcomes

At the time of graduation, majors in Environmental Studies will be able to:

CONTENT
1. Demonstrate understanding of the structure and function of biological ecosystems and the ways humans are dependent upon ecosystem services. (Bio 151)
2. Demonstrate understanding of the structure and function of the Earth’s systems and the history of stability and change within these systems over geologic time. (Environmental Geology)
3. Demonstrate understanding of various social systems such as political and economic systems and the tradeoffs associated with different social arrangements. (Environmental Politics and Policy)
4. Understand the ways humans have imagined and narrated their relationships with the Earth and the values and cultures that have informed that relationship (Environmental Philosophy)

SKILLS
5. Recognize the range and implications of environmental issues confronting contemporary societies and critically evaluate possible solutions to these issues (critical thinking)
6. Comprehend systems dynamics, including feedbacks, limits, and response times, and the ways human systems can and do threaten natural systems (systems thinking)
7. Identify, evaluate, and integrate sources of information from multiple perspectives in order to understand environmental problems (information literacy)
8. Integrate knowledge and methodologies from different disciplines to propose creative solutions to real world problems (interdisciplinary problem solving)
9. Demonstrate competency in the ability to use and analyze data (quantitative literacy)
10. Demonstrate the ability to work collaboratively in small groups
11. Demonstrate the capacity to utilize tools for social change.
12. Demonstrate the capacity to communicate effectively both orally and in writing.

VALUES
13. Reflect on the relationship between personal values, individual choices, and sustainability.
14. Manifest virtues such as empathy, respect for all life, and humility in personal responses to environmental problems.
15. Articulate a positive and hopeful vision for just and sustainable societies throughout the world and for future generations.

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