Overall Rating Bronze - expired
Overall Score 35.51
Liaison Sarah Mittlefehldt
Submission Date March 2, 2017
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Northern Michigan University
AC-2: Learning Outcomes

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.92 / 8.00 Sarah Mittlefehldt
Co-Chair, Sustainability Advisory Council
Earth, Environmental & Geographical Sciences
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Total number of graduates from degree programs (i.e. majors, minors, concentrations, certificates, and other academic designations):
1,754

Number of students that graduate from programs that have adopted at least one sustainability learning outcome:
201

Percentage of students who graduate from programs that have adopted at least one sustainability learning outcome:
11.46

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

Does the institution specify sustainability learning outcomes at the institution level (e.g. covering all students)?:
No

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:
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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):

Northern Michigan University began to review academic programs in 2012 and implemented a system to systematically collect and review program learning outcomes in 2014. Currently, most major degree programs report their learning outcomes and explain how they assess those outcomes. We used those reports to determine which programs have sustainability-related learning outcomes.

Not all programs—particularly minors and certificates—complete these annual Assessment of Learning reports, however. For those programs, we looked to see if any sustainability-focused course was required in order to graduate from that program.

We identified programs that have sustainability learning outcomes by using information from the Assessment of Learning initiative and also by looking at programs that require at least one sustainability-focused course.

To track students from different programs, the Office of Institutional Research provided us data on Degrees Awarded by Department by Major for the academic year 2015-2016. We then added up the total number of students graduating from these programs for the year 2015-2016.


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:

See attached Excel Sheet.


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

We only used the number of majors from programs that included sustainability as part of their learning objectives. We did not include minors or certificates.

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