Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 51.15
Liaison Joanne Wong
Submission Date May 31, 2017
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STARS v2.1

Mills College
AC-2: Learning Outcomes

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.60 / 8.00 Nicole Gaetjens
Sustainability Coordinator
Campus Facilities
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Total number of graduates from degree programs (i.e. majors, minors, concentrations, certificates, and other academic designations):

Number of students that graduate from programs that have adopted at least one sustainability learning outcome:

Percentage of students who graduate from programs that have adopted at least one sustainability learning outcome:

Do the figures reported above cover one, two, or three academic years?:

Does the institution specify sustainability learning outcomes at the institution level (e.g. covering all students)?:

Does the institution specify sustainability learning outcomes at the division level (e.g. covering particular schools or colleges within the institution)?:

A list or brief description of the institution level or division level sustainability learning outcomes:

Does the institution specify sustainability learning outcomes at the program level (i.e. majors, minors, concentrations, degrees, diplomas, certificates, and other academic designations)?:

A list or brief description of the program level sustainability learning outcomes (or a list of sustainability-focused programs):

Environmental Studies and Environmental Science are the primary majors and minors with a sustainability focus. Both are offered at the undergraduate level.

Environmental Science Program Goals:
-Understand the concepts of thermodynamics, equilibrium, and mass balance as they relate to environmental change in multiple disciplines.
-Be able to apply concepts and facts from various disciplines to analyze environmental issues from a scientific viewpoint.
-Understand the principles behind the tools and techniques used to study chemical, biological, and geological systems in the laboratory or the field, and be able to interpret the data obtained using these tools and techniques.
-Be able to engage the primary scientific literature and to use its findings.
Have the ability to communicate scientific information in both oral and written modes.

Environmental Studies Program Goals: (https://www.mills.edu/academics/undergraduate/evst)
-Possess fundamental understanding of disciplines that are necessary to understand environmental issues. A single course need only address a single discipline, and need not specifically address environmental issues.
-Use knowledge from various disciplines to analyze environmental issues.
-Understand quantitative, laboratory, and field techniques which are used to study environmental issues.
-Possess the ability to communicate with clarity, conciseness, and coherence in both written and oral reports. The student will be sensitive to the needs of different audiences.

Other programs with sustainability learning outcomes:

Public Health and Health Equity
-Students will demonstrate understanding of social, economic, environmental, and legal factors that shape health inequities.

Masters in Business Administration
-Our graduates are committed to integrating ethical considerations into their management decisions and fostering ethical decision-making throughout their organizations.
-Our graduates are prepared to lead and manage organizations that thrive financially while generating social and environmental value.

Biology Major, Concentration in Concentration in Ecology, Evolution and Behavior
The concentration in ecology, evolution and behavior (EEB) provides biology majors with training at the intersections of ecology, evolutionary biology, and its related disciplines. The unifying theme of this concentration is the use of an evolutionary approach to explain biological phenomena in the natural world. Recent graduates have enrolled in masters and doctoral programs in animal behavior, conservation biology, ecology, evolution, marine biology, and natural resource and wildlife management.

Ethnic Studies Major/Minor
The department's curriculum promotes critical thinking and creative analysis through comparative study of the social, economic, cultural, and environmental concerns and contributions of American Indians and Alaska Natives, African Americans, Latinas/os and Chicanas/os, Asian Americans, Pacific Islanders and Arab Americans.

Do course level sustainability learning outcomes contribute to the figure reported above (i.e. in the absence of program, division, or institution level learning outcomes)?:

A list or brief description of the course level sustainability learning outcomes and the programs for which the courses are required:

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

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