Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 68.55
Liaison Amanda Wolf
Submission Date Feb. 11, 2011
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Portland State University
ER-9: Sustainability Learning Outcomes

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 10.00 / 10.00 Shpresa Halimi
Academic Sustainability Program Manager
Center for Sustainable Processes and Practices
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The number of graduates covered by the sustainability learning outcomes:

Total number of graduates :

A list of degree programs that have sustainability learning outcomes:

There is an undergraduate learning outcome that covers everyone. See below for details.

There are a total of 49 departments, and the following 7 have department-specific sustainability learning outcomes:
Architecture, Business Administration, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Environmental Programs, Geography, Sociology

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 :

A list or sample of the sustainability learning outcomes associated with the degree programs:

For now, we do not have the specific learning outcomes associated with the listed degree programs. However, the Campus-wide Learning Outcomes (CWLOs) project was initiated during spring of 2007. At that time, the Institutional Assessment Council and the Center for Academic Excellence Assessment Integration and Support Team (the Assessment Team) initiated a review of institution-level learning outcomes based on recommendations from four key sources, including AAC&U’s report, Liberal Education and America’s Promise. By January 2008, five learning outcomes had been identified. “Sustainability,” which was not among the original five, was added later that year after three roundtable discussions involving over 60 faculty and staff determined it was appropriate and feasible to include “sustainability” as well as “engagement” as additional learning goals.

Campus Wide Sustainability Learning Outcome

Students will identify, act on, and evaluate their professional and personal actions with the knowledge and appreciation of interconnections among economic, environmental, and social perspectives in order to create a more sustainable future.

Specific Learning Outcomes

* Students will be able to describe the environmental, economic and social aspects of sustainability and how they are interrelated.
* Students will be able to explain how sustainability relates to their lives and how their actions impact sustainability.
* Students will learn how to apply concepts of sustainability locally and globally by engaging in the challenges and solutions of sustainability in a broader context.

Institutional Assessment Council - Sustainability Subcommittee

Graduates in Academic year 2008-09:
Total = 4966

Architecture = 38
Business Administration = 113
Civil and Environmental Engineering = 62
Electrical and Computer Engineering = 102
Environmental Programs = 47
Geography = 42
Sociology = 82

From Office of Institutional Research and Planning, http://www.oirp.pdx.edu/source/port0809/3_14_1.htm

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