Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 58.76
Liaison Krista Bailey
Submission Date July 29, 2011
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Pennsylvania State University
ER-9: Sustainability Learning Outcomes

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.15 / 10.00 Susannah Barsom
Associate Director
Center for Sustainability
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The number of graduates covered by the sustainability learning outcomes:
1,568

Total number of graduates :
13,657

A list of degree programs that have sustainability learning outcomes:

Programs are listed on the Center for Sustainability website: http://www.cfs.psu.edu/


The website URL where the publicly available sustainability course inventory that includes a list of degree programs that have specified sustainability learning outcomes is available:
A copy of the sustainability course inventory :
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A list or sample of the sustainability learning outcomes associated with the degree programs:

From our survey of program officers:

One of our program educational objectives is that early career Biological Engineering graduates will be expected to: "Effectively identify, analyze and design sustainable solutions to address issues and opportunities throughout the world"


Information on degree programs was obtained through a survey sent to all undergraduate and graduate program officers.
Methodology for Program Survey:
A questionnaire sent from university Provost to deans and chancellors to department heads and thence to Persons in Charge (PICs) of undergraduate and graduate programs.
A number of definitions of sustainability were available, but like course instructors, PICs were asked to develop their own concept of sustainability that included social, environmental and economic factors.
The concept of an immersive experience in sustainability was explained.
PICs were asked to list the programs that include sustainability as required learning outcome learning outome(s), and to report the number of graduates from these programs in the 2009-2010 academic year.
They were also asked to describe immersive experiences in sustainability that are part of their programs.

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