Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 50.18
Liaison Josh Nease
Submission Date May 21, 2019
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Radford University
AC-3: Undergraduate Program

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.50 / 3.00 Josh Nease
Sustainability Manager
Academic Programs
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Does the institution offer at least one sustainability-focused major, degree program, or the equivalent for undergraduate students (I.e. an interdisciplinary academic program that concentrates on sustainability as an integrated concept)?:
No

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Does the institution offer one or more sustainability-focused minors, concentrations or certificates for undergraduate students?:
Yes

Name of the sustainability-focused undergraduate minor, concentration or certificate:
Sustainability & Environmental Studies Certificate

A brief description of the undergraduate minor, concentration or certificate:

Sustainability is about creating economic and social systems that harmonize with the way the natural world works. Environmental Studies provides the knowledge base for creating a sustainable future.
18-22 hours of coursework
Starts with GEOG140 – Introduction to Environmental Studies
Students then take one eligible course in each of three content areas: Environment; Policy & Economics; Human Dimensions. Then, a second course in any of these three areas is required.
The final credits for the certificate require a capstone experience (3-4 credits)

OVERVIEW: Students enrolled in the Sustainability and Environmental Studies and Sustainability Certificate program are required to develop an electronic portfolio during their field application course work, Area 5. An ePortfolio is an evolving, transportable collection, usually in the form of a website, that documents your learning, your work, and your accomplishments. Not only can you put relevant coursework in it, but you can tell your story around these artifacts.

The purpose of the portfolio is to demonstrate the student’s knowledge, skills, and dispositions as a result of completing the required coursework in all areas. The portfolio serves as the overall assessment tool to determine the student’s growth. The portfolio should consist of items such as, but not limited to: research papers; lab projects; tests; homework assignments; book and article reviews; and presentations, particularly the presentation of the student’s capstone experience. These items should be carefully selected and organized to represent the four global learning outcomes listed below:

Learning Outcome 1: Explain the complexity of earth’s biosphere and analyze the relationship between human societies and natural communities and processes;
Learning Outcome 2: Evaluate the impact of current behaviors on the environment and of changes resulting from particular public policies;
Learning Outcome 3: Identify and describe cultural, sociological and/or literary attempts to define, shape, and/or interact with the natural world; and
Learning Outcome 4: Students will be able to explain environmental studies and sustainability.


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