Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 74.49
Liaison David Cullmer
Submission Date Dec. 17, 2020

STARS v2.2

Pennsylvania State University
AC-2: Learning Outcomes

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 4.77 / 8.00 Mary Easterling
Assoc Director, Analysis & Assessment
Sustainability Institute
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Has the institution adopted one or more sustainability learning outcomes that apply to the entire student body or, at minimum, to the institution's predominant student body?:
Yes

Which of the following best describes the sustainability learning outcomes?:
Sustainability-supportive

A list of the institution level sustainability learning outcomes:

Penn State has defined seven key learning objectives for its General Education curriculum, applicable to all undergraduate students. Three of those are sustainability-supportive:
1. INTEGRATIVE THINKING – the ability to synthesize knowledge across multiple domains, modes of inquiry, historical periods, and perspectives, as well as the ability to identify linkages between existing knowledge and new information.
2. GLOBAL LEARNING – the intellectually disciplined abilities to analyze similarities and differences among cultures; evaluate natural, physical, social, cultural, historical, and economic legacies and hierarchies; and engage as community members and leaders who will continue to deal with the intricacies of an ever-changing world.
3. SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY AND ETHICAL REASONING – the ability to assess one’s own values within the social context of problems, recognize ethical issues in a variety of settings, describe how different perspectives might be applied to ethical dilemmas, and consider the ramifications of alternative actions.
For additional details see: https://gened.psu.edu/updated-learning-objectives-and-foundation-and-domain-criteria


Total number of graduates from degree programs:
12,815

Number of graduates from degree programs that require an understanding of the concept of sustainability:
4,444

A brief description of how the figure above was determined:

Undergraduate and graduate major degree programs that met one or more of the 3 criteria above were identified. See attached list for the program name, and criterion met. The list also includes sustainability-focused minor and certificate programs. Our count of the number of graduates from these degree programs represents an unduplicated headcount - i.e., if a student received a major and minor degree and both programs had sustainability-related learning outcomes, the student was counted only once. Including the minors and certificates in our counts added only a small number to the total. The program list was developed based on descriptions found in the online Bulletin.


A list of degree programs that require an understanding of the concept of sustainability:

See attached file.


Documentation supporting the figure reported above (upload):
Do the figures reported above cover one, two, or three academic years?:
One

Percentage of students who graduate from programs that require an understanding of the concept of sustainability:
34.68

Website URL where information about the sustainability learning outcomes is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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Total number of graduates from University Park campus is from Penn State Fact Book - Students, Degrees Awarded: https://factbook.psu.edu/. Did not include Law School grads.

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