Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 48.56
Liaison Jay Meldrum
Submission Date July 8, 2020
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STARS v2.1

Michigan Technological University
AC-10: Support for Research

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 4.00 Jay Meldrum
Executive Director of Sustainability
Facilities Management
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Does the institution have an ongoing program to encourage students in multiple disciplines or academic programs to conduct research in sustainability? :
No

A brief description of the student research program, including the incentives provided and any positive outcomes during the previous three years:
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Does the institution have a program to encourage faculty from multiple disciplines or academic programs to conduct research in sustainability topics?:
No

A brief description of the faculty research program, including the incentives provided and any positive outcomes during the previous three years:
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Has the institution published written policies and procedures that give positive recognition to interdisciplinary, transdisciplinary, and multidisciplinary research during faculty promotion and/or tenure decisions?:
Yes

A brief description of the institution’s support for interdisciplinary, transdisciplinary, and multidisciplinary research, including any positive outcomes during the previous three years:

Research Centers and Institutes help to promote interdisciplinary work that involves faculty from several different departments on and off campus. Center directors who are also tenure-track faculty are expected to spend a minimum of 20 percent of their time during the academic year supporting center activities and administration. This effort is recognized as part of their service and research effort and should be reflected appropriately in the departmental index.The establishment of Research Centers and Institutes are signs of entrepreneurial activities of faculty and academic units. Centers/Institutes are established for different reasons and bring different benefits. These organizations serve as a focus of scholarly activity and intellectual creativity, focal points for interaction with research sponsors, and serve to amplify Michigan Tech’s competitiveness in obtaining research funding in the designated areas.


Does the institution have ongoing library support for sustainability research and learning?:
Yes

A brief description of the institution’s library support for sustainability research, including any positive outcomes during the previous three years:

There are many journals which were purchased at the request of faculty. These journals that were newly purchased are based on new initiatives in sustainability.

Additionally, the library offers a number of research guides that aid in sustainability research. Please refer to the following course and subject guides: FW/SS 3760 Human Dimensions of Natural Resources; SS3630 Environmental Policy & Politics / SS5300 Environmental & Energy Policy; and Ecology and Environmental Science.

The library subscribes to more than fifty sustainability-specific journals and sustainability as a topic appears in 18 of our subscription databases (including Docuseek 2). As new resources are requested by our faculty, the library has a responsive review process for looking into new purchases. Interlibrary loan services also fill in resource gaps when budgetary constraints limit our ability to purchase specific items.


The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
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