Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 67.59
Liaison Susan Dorward
Submission Date Aug. 4, 2022

STARS v2.2

Raritan Valley Community College
AC-2: Learning Outcomes

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 7.78 / 8.00 Susan Dorward
Sustainability and Energy Coordinator
Facilities and Grounds
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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-focused

A list of the institution level sustainability learning outcomes:

From the RVCC Institutional Learning Outcomes:

The Global Self

▪to recognize the interconnectedness of global, national, and local concerns;
▪to understand and analyze historical events and points of view;
▪to become aware of, appreciate, and respect diversity in all its forms;
▪to apply multicultural competencies to promote equity, inclusion, and social justice;
▪to support environmental sustainability and responsibility.

See https://catalog.raritanval.edu/content.php?catoid=13&navoid=1033


Total number of graduates from degree programs:
1,130

Number of graduates from degree programs that require an understanding of the concept of sustainability:
252

A brief description of how the figure above was determined:

Sara Donnelly in Institutional Research calculated the number for AY2020-2021 based on the list of degrees below.


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

ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE:
The program provides a comprehensive understanding of the functions of local and global ecosystems and examines how they are affected by human activities. Students consider scientific evidence demonstrating how human activities threaten many ecosystems, and they critically study alternatives to present practices. The Environmental Science program trains students to examine the impact of man on the environment from sociological, political and economic viewpoints.

Graduates are able to:
• demonstrate and apply knowledge of natural and human dimensions of environmental issues from local to global scales.
• demonstrate and apply skills in scientific methodology including literature research, data analysis and interpretation, and preparation of scientific presentations and reports relating to environmental issues.
• identify areas of academic specialization, career, and employment opportunities in environmental science and related fields.

COMMERCIAL ENERGY MANAGEMENT TECHNOLOGY, ASSOCIATE OF APPLIED SCIENCE
Students receive instruction in quantitative and manipulative skills associated with web-based Digital Controls, Controller hardware and software set-up and troubleshooting, networking, integration and programming as it applies to building automation; building walk-throughs for the identification of Energy Conservation Opportunities (ECOs), Level 1 & Level-2 Energy Audits, Analysis of Equipment/System performance and the Commissioning Process. Students learn to use tools and testing instruments used in the field by Energy Auditors and Building Commissioning Agents, and perform building walk-throughs and assemble Energy Audit reports, together with the use of Energy Auditing software.

ENVIRONMENTAL CONTROL TECHNOLOGY, ASSOCIATE OF APPLIED SCIENCE
The various courses which comprise the curriculum of studies in the ECTC program emphasize instruction where students are trained in proper system design and equipment selection procedures that lead to improved energy efficiencies, which in turn assure a sustainable future. This is especially important as the industry transitions during decarbonization.

GENERAL BUSINESS OPTION IN BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION, ASSOCIATE OF SCIENCE:
recognize and evaluate increasing demands of sustainability and corporate responsibility

GENERAL BUSINESS OPTION IN BUSINESS MANAGEMENT, ASSOCIATE OF APPLIED SCIENCE
recognize and evaluate increasing demands of sustainability and corporate responsibility

FINANCIAL SERVICES OPTION IN BUSINESS MANAGEMENT, ASSOCIATE OF APPLIED SCIENCE:
recognize and evaluate increasing demands of sustainability and corporate responsibility

INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS OPTION IN BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION, ASSOCIATE OF SCIENCE
recognize and evaluate increasing demands of sustainability and corporate responsibility

INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS OPTION IN BUSINESS MANAGEMENT, ASSOCIATE OF APPLIED SCIENCE
recognize and evaluate increasing demands of sustainability and corporate responsibility

MANAGEMENT INFORMATION SYSTEMS OPTION IN BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION, ASSOCIATE OF SCIENCE
recognize and evaluate increasing demands of sustainability and corporate responsibility

MARKETING OPTION IN BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION, ASSOCIATE OF SCIENCE
recognize and evaluate increasing demands of sustainability and corporate responsibility

MARKETING OPTION IN BUSINESS MANAGEMENT, ASSOCIATE OF APPLIED SCIENCE
recognize and evaluate increasing demands of sustainability and corporate responsibility

SUPPLY CHAIN MANAGEMENT OPTION IN BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION, ASSOCIATE OF SCIENCE:
recognize and evaluate increasing demands of sustainability and corporate responsibility

SUPPLY CHAIN MANAGEMENT OPTION IN BUSINESS MANAGEMENT, ASSOCIATE OF APPLIED SCIENCE:
recognize and evaluate increasing demands of sustainability and corporate responsibility

CHEMISTRY, ASSOCIATE OF SCIENCE DEGREE IN SCIENCE AND MATHEMATICS:
understanding the environmental impacts of chemistry (covered in both General and Organic chemistry classes, according to Chemistry faculty)

LIBERAL ARTS – ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES OPTION, ASSOCIATE OF ARTS:
demonstrate and apply knowledge of natural and human dimensions of environmental issues from local to global scales.
demonstrate and apply skills and concepts from the liberal arts and sciences to analyze environmental issues.

See https://catalog.raritanval.edu/content.php?catoid=13&navoid=1051


Documentation supporting the figure reported above (upload):
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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:
22.30

Website URL where information about the sustainability learning outcomes is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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Numbers are from AY2020-21, provided by Sara Donnelly in Institutional Research.

Learning outcomes in the catalog have been shortened. As a result, the past explicit reference to sustainability in some of the Business program learning outcomes in the catalog was bundled into an outcome on business ethics. Sue Dorward followed up with Business department chair Tracy Rimple about the business ethics learning outcome, which Tracy Rimple affirms includes "recognize and evaluate increasing demands of sustainability and corporate responsibility." Note that this outcome is explicitly stated in the Supply Chain business program but applies to all business programs.

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