Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 66.74
Liaison David Cullmer
Submission Date Oct. 20, 2014
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Pennsylvania State University
AC-7: Incentives for Developing Courses

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Mary Easterling
Assoc Director, Analysis & Assessment
Sustainability Institute
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Does the institution have an ongoing incentives program or programs that meet the criteria for this credit?:
Yes

A brief description of the program(s), including positive outcomes during the previous three years:

Penn State has two programs that encourage and support faculty in developing new sustainability courses and incorporating sustainability topics into existing courses:

The Reinvention Fund is an internal competitive small grants program designed to foster integration of sustainability into teaching, research, outreach, and operations at Penn State. Faculty are eligible to apply for funding to develop innovative new courses, or to revamp existing academic programs to better incorporate sustainability concepts and issues. For example, one project currently underway is an overhaul of the Recreation, Parks, and Tourism Management curriculum to infuse sustainability concepts. Another is "Building Sustainable Communities through the Digital Global Classroom", that will create nodes of community engagement on sustainability that utilize technology to link African students and communities with (1) a Penn State resident courses and, (2) local K-12 schools.

Penn State's Penn's Woods Program for faculty development offers workshops and online resources for faculty who wish to incorporate sustainability into their course offerings.


A brief description of the incentives that faculty members who participate in the program(s) receive:

Faculty can receive funding to support curriculum revisions through the Reinvention Fund.

Faculty receive training on educating for sustainability. This year the Sustainability Institute awarded monetary prizes to faculty with an exceptional history of educating for sustainability.


The website URL where information about the incentive program(s) is available:

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