Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 70.85
Liaison Amy Butler
Submission Date Feb. 28, 2019
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Michigan State University
AC-5: Immersive Experience

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Mara Spears
Sustainability Program Coordinator
Office of the EVP for Administration
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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:

MSU's Education Abroad Program is in the top ten best Study Abroad Programs in the nation. MSU has thirty-six different study abroad programs in sustainability, the most well-known being MSU's  Residential College of Arts and Humanities Program in Costa Rica (https://osa.isp.msu.edu/programs/program/index/108664/ ). This groundbreaking experience reaches from the cloud forests of Monteverde to the mountains and archipelagos of Costa Rica and Panama’s Caribbean coast. In one semester, participants are trained for international leadership in sustainable community and organizational development. The other programs include Business Sustainability and Entrepreneurship in Costa Rica, Sustainable Food, Environment and Social Systems in Australia, International Social Policy & Social Service Delivery in Finland, Community Engagement and Interdisciplinary Study in the Peruvian Andes, and many others. Please see attached.

The Residential Initiative on the Study of the Environment (RISE) is a living learning academic program. The program is interdisciplinary by design and is co-sponsored by the colleges of Natural Science, Agriculture and Natural Resources, Engineering, Communication Arts and Sciences, and Social Science. Students live together in a LEED certified residential hall, earn a minor in environmental and sustainability studies, partner with campus operations to improve sustainability practices and processes, and conduct research with faculty in related disciplines. Over 175 students are in residence in 2013-14 with an additional 100 students engaged in the program but living off campus. Information on RISE can be found on the following webpage:  https://rise.natsci.msu.edu/ 

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

"MSU's study abroad programs grow and change regularly. Many programs are offered every other semester. Because they are offered through different colleges and schools, the documentation of programs and trips is recorded by individual schools. For a more comprehensive list of programs, please see the attached document. For more information on our national rankings, please visit the page below.
For more information on specific courses in the study abroad programs and insights into when certain programs are offered, an internal search sight is offered for MSU staff, faculty, and students. The link can be found below.

Further links on students abroad can be found below:

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