Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 68.84
Liaison Kalyna Procyk
Submission Date June 6, 2018
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STARS v2.1

Muhlenberg College
AC-2: Learning Outcomes

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 8.00 / 8.00 Richard Niesenbaum
Professor, Biology, Director, Sustainability Studies Program
Biology
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Total number of graduates from degree programs (i.e. majors, minors, concentrations, certificates, and other academic designations):
553

Number of students that graduate from programs that have adopted at least one sustainability learning outcome:
553

Percentage of students who graduate from programs that have adopted at least one sustainability learning outcome:
100

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

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

Does the institution specify sustainability learning outcomes at the division level (e.g. covering particular schools or colleges within the institution)?:
No

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

Additionally, all students are required to take two courses that fall under the Human Difference and Global Engagement(DE) requirement.
“Students must take two designated courses in the areas of Human Difference and Global Engagement. HDGE courses across the curriculum aim to broaden and deepen students’ understanding of human difference and to develop the intellectual and civic skills students require for participation in an increasingly diverse and interconnected world.” (https://www.muhlenberg.edu/main/aboutus/registrar/courses/gar2/)


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

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

Sustainability Studies sustainability learning outcomes include:

Sustainability Studies students will explore how sustainability issues impact and are addressed at local, national, and global levels. Students will apply an interdisciplinary background to understand many of the complex challenges facing our world, and will develop solutions to these problems. Students will build a community with a diversity of perspectives and areas of expertise committed to seeking creative solutions for sustainability.

Environmental Science, Biology, Public Health, Natural Science, International Studies, Sociology, and Education Certification also have sustainability-related outcomes which will be explored in a later STARS submission. These are provided for informational purposes at the present time.

http://www.muhlenberg.edu/sustainability/SustainableCourses.html The website where the sustainability course inventory is publicly available, including a list of departments that offer sustainability courses.
http://www.muhlenberg.edu/main/academics/envisci/ The website where the environmental science course inventory is publicly available.


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)?:
Yes

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

Students are all required to take a course, Foundations for Student Success, in their first year that includes sustainability learning outcomes. Students are expected to be able to define sustainability; analyze local, national and/or global sustainability examples, understand sustainability in the context of personal and professional values. This course is mandatory for all Muhlenberg College students and is counted as a course for academic credit.


The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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Kalyna Procyk also contributed to the reporting on this credit.

To calculate the total number of graduates from degree program, 2017 graduation number for total degrees granted was used.
To calculate the number of students that graduated in 2017 from programs that have adopted at least one sustainability learning outcome, the categories used in the last STARS submission were used. So the number of students included the Environmental Science Majors(4), Biology Majors(35), Public Health Majors(19), Natural Science Majors(1), International Studies Majors(16), Sociology Majors(6), Sustainability Minors(10), and Education Certifications(18). For double majors (~⅓ of the student body), they are counted as a graduate from each department so the total number could be a slight overestimate due to double-counting issue

The information presented here is self-reported. While AASHE staff review portions of all STARS reports and institutions are welcome to seek additional forms of review, the data in STARS reports are not verified by AASHE. If you believe any of this information is erroneous or inconsistent with credit criteria, please review the process for inquiring about the information reported by an institution and complete the Data Inquiry Form.