Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 68.61
Liaison Sherri Venero
Submission Date Feb. 26, 2018
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

Northland College
AC-2: Learning Outcomes

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 8.00 / 8.00 Scott Grinnell
Professor of Physics
"---" indicates that no data was submitted for this field

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:

To graduate from Northland College, all students must satisfy the College's "Environmental Liberal Education" requirements.

The program is designed to assure that students develop the following learning outcomes:
•foundational skills in written communication and mathematics;
•a breadth of disciplinary learning characteristic of a liberally educated individual;
•an understanding of diversity, inequality, prejudice, and discrimination; and
•an understanding of natural systems and the complex relationships between human endeavors and the natural world.

Completion of the program is a graduation requirement for Northland College students, and those who successfully complete the program will also have satisfied many of the requirements for an environmental studies minor.

See attached document.

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 Sustainability Community Development program lists these specific goals:
After completing the program, students will be able to:
Goal #1: describe the relationship among natural, social and economic systems.
Goal #2: understand and apply the major theoretical approaches to explain and solve real-life social, economic, and ecological problems.
Goal #3: review, interpret and analyze the literature in sustainable community development.
Goal #4: read, interpret, organize, and conduct original research related to energy, waste, water, transportation, land-use, economic activity, and/or community needs/wants.
Goal #5: clearly and effectively present ideas in speech and in writing that communicate complex ideas of sustainablility.
Goal #6: demonstrate familiarity with computer technologies used in conducting community-based research.
Goal #7: understand the sociocultural context of and interact effectively with diverse and disparate communities.

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:
Additional documentation to support the submission:

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.