Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 63.22
Liaison Jessica Russell
Submission Date Oct. 17, 2019
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Mount Royal University
AC-2: Learning Outcomes

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.38 / 8.00 Mercy Maina
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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):

The Environmental Science program integrates our understanding of chemical, physical and biological processes to study natural and anthropogenic influenced environments, and provides solutions to environmental problems deemed significant to society.

Students who are interested in studying natural and anthropogenic influenced environments, providing solutions to environmental problems, and promoting the efficient and appropriate use of energy, materials and natural resources are encouraged to select this program.

The courses offered in this program address sustainability in its three spheres - environment, economic and social.



Bachelor of Health and Physical Education: Ecotourism and Outdoor Leadership

Become a champion of outdoor adventure. Kayaking, mountain climbing, backcountry skiing, biking and backpacking — it may sound like your favourite ways to spend a weekend, but it is all part of the Bachelor of Health and Physical Education — Ecotourism and Outdoor Leadership program.

This program gives you a combination of hard (technical) and soft (interpersonal) skills; you'll have a solid base in:

tourism and business
sociocultural heritage
outdoor pursuits
environmental science and leadership


Certificate in Environmental Science:
This program is designed to further educate those with on-the-job experience in environmental nature and/or a diploma in a related field. The courses offered in this certificate program are geared towards transferring and instilling knowledge on sustainability through their learning outcomes.


Minor in Business and Society

The minor in Business and Society will allow you to explore how firms and their many stakeholders influence each other. The program exposes students to the challenges that organizations and societies face in balancing economic, social and environmental performance. In addition, students will explore how business models can be used to positively affect social and environmental challenges.


Minor or Concentration in Geography
"The Minor in Geography provides students with an opportunity to develop an understanding of social and physical processes within the context of places and regions - recognizing the great differences in cultures, political systems, economies, landscapes and environments across the world, and the links between them." The geography minor requires students take courses in both the physical and human environment. The combination of perspectives helps students better understand the interconnected nature of human and environmental situations.


Minor in Social Studies
"Social Studies is a broad discipline including Geography, Political Science, Economics, History, Indigenous Studies and others. Through a selection of courses in these varied disciplines, students develop a strong sense of their role as citizens in a democratic society."

Core requirements include courses in the physical and human environment. Further students must take a course on the economics of contemporary issues. The broad range of course ensures students understand the connections between the physical environment, social issues, and economics.


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 learning outcome data listed above is used on the number of graduates in the 2018-19 academic year that have graduated having taken and passed a minimum of one sustainability focused course as part of their degree. In the 2018-19 academic year a total of 2057 students graduated from Mount Royal University. In total 354 students graduated from a major/minor/concentration which addressed sustainability across the three aspects of environment, social, and economic concerns.
Further, in addition to the base sustainable learning outcomes indicated in these programs. The majority of Mount Royal Students engage in sustainability issues through the general education program. Further, a portion of the student body expanded the sustainable learning outcomes through courses included in the sustainability inventory list attached as an additional document. The figures reported cover only undergraduate students as MRU does not offer graduate studies.

Sustainability courses were defined as those that concentrate on the concept of sustainability which includes its social, economic and environmental realms or examine a topic relating to sustainability. Sustainability was defined using the principles outlined in the Earth Charter (2000): The Earth (respect and care for the community of life); The Global Situation (ecological integrity); The Challenges Ahead (social and economic justice); and Universal Responsibility (democracy, nonviolence and peace).

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

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