Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 79.45
Liaison Lindsey Kalkbrenner
Submission Date Feb. 27, 2020

STARS v2.2

Santa Clara University
AC-2: Learning Outcomes

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 4.44 / 8.00 Lindsey Kalkbrenner
Director
Center for Sustainability
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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:

University goals for SCU Undergraduates: Promotion of a More Humane, Just, and Sustainable World – ​Students will develop social justice values and make choices to act in light of the world’s greatest needs.
To reach this competency, students may:
● Expand awareness and knowledge of local, national and global social justice issues
● Describe various obstacles/injustices that certain communities face
● Empathize with marginalized individuals
● Recognize and confront injustice and oppression
● Employ technological or entrepreneurial innovations in service of humanity
● Incorporate socially and environmentally sound practices into their life
● Be aware of the impacts of their actions on humanity and the rest of nature.
● Identify concrete ways to contribute to a just world
● Expand knowledge of existing networks and groups working for social change
● Engage in personal or professional work that contributes to humanity and the common good
● Provide service to those in need
● Apply an understanding of and commitment to social justice to create safe, healthy, equitable, and thriving communities

- All undergraduate students must take a course centered around Experiential Learning for Social Justice. Goals: Social Justice, Civic Life, Perspective, Civic Engagement. Institution-wide learning objectives for these classes include:
- Recognize the importance of life-long responsible citizenship and civic engagement in personal and/or professional activities in ways that benefit underserved populations.
- Demonstrate an understanding and appreciation of the formal and informal knowledge, wisdom, and/or skills that individuals in these communities possess, showing awareness of own and at least one other perspective/worldview.
- Recognize, analyze, and understand the social reality and injustices in contemporary society, including recognizing the relative privilege or marginalization of their own and other groups. (Social Justice)" [https://www.scu.edu/provost/core/integrations/#elsj]

- All undergraduate students must take a course centered around Civic Engagement. Goals: Civic Life, Collaboration, Civic Engagement, Communication. Institution-wide learning goals for these classes include:

Engagement with the World
To engage with the world in meaningful ways, students need opportunities to explore and refine self-knowledge in relation to others. The Core Curriculum enhances students' understanding of the integrity of their own lives and the dignity inherent in the lives of others, especially the impoverished, suffering, and marginalized.

Perspective: Seeking out the experience of different cultures and people, striving to view the world through their eyes

Collaboration: The capacity to collaborate intellectually and creatively with diverse people

Social Justice: Developing a disciplined sensibility toward the causes of human suffering and misery, and a sense of responsibility for addressing them

Civic Engagement: Addressing major contemporary social issues, including environmental sustainability and peaceful resolution of conflict, by participating actively as an informed citizen of society and the world. https://www.scu.edu/bulletin/undergraduate/chapter-2/TheCoreCurriculum.html

- A learning objective of the MBA Program is "Students will understand the changing environment—social, economic, technological, legal, political, and cultural— within which firms operate and how the environment impacts business decisions and survival." and "Be sensitive to the challenge of making ethical decisions and acting as a responsible corporate citizen where these imperatives may conflict with enhancing shareholder value." [https://www.scu.edu/business/graduates/bulletin/]


Total number of graduates from degree programs:
2,029

Number of graduates from degree programs that require an understanding of the concept of sustainability:
619

A brief description of how the figure above was determined:

The figures above were determined based on the number of students who graduated within one of the academic programs listed below. To prevent double-counting (graduates with double majors, for example), duplicate student IDs were removed.


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

- UGRAD BS Anthropology (also offered as a minor): Students within the Applied Anthropology department use their anthropological knowledge to address human problems. Through coursework and related internships, students will gain a better understanding of how anthropological perspectives and skills can be used practically in occupations related to health and medicine, international development, environment, government, business and education, immigration, and poverty. [https://www.scu.edu/cas/anthropology/academic-programs/]

- UGRAD BS Chemistry and Biochemistry (also a minor): Students understand that scientific work should be carried out honestly and objectively with a concern for the moral, ethical and environmental aspects of the work. [https://www.scu.edu/cas/chemistry/academic-programs/]

- UGRAD BS Civil, Environmental, and Sustainable Engineering (also offered as a minor): Graduates will capably design, build, maintain, or improve civil engineering-based systems in the context of environmental, economic, and societal requirements, serve the community as ethical and responsible professionals, and engage in lifelong learning for professional growth. Part of the department’s vision is to “to educate civil engineers who have the breadth and depth required to plan, design, and construct sustainable, resilient civil infrastructure necessary to support society's complex needs.” [https://www.scu.edu/engineering/academic-programs/engineering/ce/undergraduate/]
[https://www.scu.edu/engineering/academic-programs/engineering/ce/graduate/]

- UGRAD BA Communications (also a minor): Graduates learn to design strategies for how communication can contribute to a more humane, just, or sustainable world. [https://www.scu.edu/cas/communication/academic-programs/]

- UGRAD BS Computer Science and Engineering, BS Web Design & Engineering, (also offered as a minor) and GRAD MS Computer Science and Engineering: Graduates will gain the ability to design, implement, and evaluate a computer-based system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability. [https://www.scu.edu/engineering/academic-programs/department-of-computer-engineering/about-us/]

- UGRAD BS Electrical and Computer Engineering (also offered as a minor) and GRAD MS Electrical and Computer Engineering: One of the learning outcomes is the ability to apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors. Another learning outcome is the ability to recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgments, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts [https://www.scu.edu/engineering/academic-programs/department-of-electrical-engineering/about-us/program-objectives--student-outcomes/]

- UGRAD BS Environmental Sciences and Studies (also offered as a minor): Graduating seniors can articulate a vision for their lives that can guide progress within their communities toward a more just, humane, and sustainable world. A learning goal and objective is: Explain the dynamic interplay among cultural, socio-economic, political, and ethical contexts and environmental processes. [https://www.scu.edu/provost/institutional-effectiveness/assessment/academic-program-assessment/department-learning-objectives/environmental-studies-and-sciences/]

- UGRAD BS General Engineering (also offered as a minor) and Minor in Innovation, Design, and Entrepreneurship: Graduates learn to apply the fundamental concepts of science and engineering using innovative design thinking towards the sustainable solution of practical problems, safely addressing the needs of a global marketplace. [https://www.scu.edu/engineering/academic-programs/general-engineering/about-us/]

- UGRAD BS Mechanical Engineering (also offered as a minor) and GRAD MS Mechanical Engineering: Students in this department work cooperatively to creatively apply theory and skill to the solution of challenging problems while understanding the social and environmental impacts of those solutions. [https://www.scu.edu/engineering/academic-programs/department-of-mechanical-engineering/about-us/program-educational-objectives--student-outcomes/]

- UGRAD BS Public Health (also a minor): Students explore the influences of environmental and social factors on human health through required and elective public health courses, as well as relevant courses in the social sciences and humanities. [https://www.scu.edu/cas/public-health/academic-programs/]

- UGRAD Sustainability Minor: Evaluate the natural science dimensions of sustainability; investigate the social dynamics of sustainability in different places, by different people and over time; evaluate how economic processes and business decisions affect sustainability. [https://www.scu.edu/cas/sustainability/learning-objectives/]

- GRAD MS Sustainable Energy / GRAD Renewable Energy Certificate: To produce graduates who understand the new trends in renewable energy generation and distribution and can innovate in technology while promoting environmental sustainability, thereby meeting two of the greatest challenges in modern times. [https://www.scu.edu/engineering/academic-programs/power-systems-and-sustainable-energy-program/about/]


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:
30.51

Website URL where information about the sustainability learning outcomes is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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https://www.scu.edu/provost/core/integrations/#elsj
https://www.scu.edu/bulletin/undergraduate/chapter-2/TheCoreCurriculum.html
https://www.scu.edu/business/graduates/bulletin/

- UGRAD BS Anthropology (also offered as a minor): https://www.scu.edu/cas/anthropology/academic-programs/
- UGRAD BS Chemistry and Biochemistry (also a minor): https://www.scu.edu/cas/chemistry/academic-programs/
- UGRAD BS Civil, Environmental, and Sustainable Engineering (also offered as a minor): https://www.scu.edu/engineering/academic-programs/engineering/ce/undergraduate/
- UGRAD BA Communications (also a minor): https://www.scu.edu/cas/communication/academic-programs/
- UGRAD BS Computer Science and Engineering, BS Web Design & Engineering, (also offered as a minor) and GRAD MS Computer Science and Engineering: https://www.scu.edu/engineering/academic-programs/department-of-computer-engineering/about-us/
- UGRAD BS Electrical and Computer Engineering (also offered as a minor) and GRAD MS Electrical and Computer Engineering: https://www.scu.edu/engineering/academic-programs/department-of-electrical-engineering/about-us/program-objectives--student-outcomes/
- UGRAD BS Environmental Sciences and Studies (also offered as a minor): https://www.scu.edu/provost/institutional-effectiveness/assessment/academic-program-assessment/department-learning-objectives/environmental-studies-and-sciences/
- UGRAD BS General Engineering (also offered as a minor) and Minor in Innovation, Design, and Entrepreneurship: https://www.scu.edu/engineering/academic-programs/general-engineering/about-us/
- UGRAD BS Mechanical Engineering (also offered as a minor) and GRAD MS Mechanical Engineering: https://www.scu.edu/engineering/academic-programs/department-of-mechanical-engineering/about-us/program-educational-objectives--student-outcomes/
- UGRAD BS Public Health (also a minor): https://www.scu.edu/cas/public-health/academic-programs/
- UGRAD Sustainability Minor: https://www.scu.edu/cas/sustainability/learning-objectives/
- GRAD MS Sustainable Energy / GRAD Renewable Energy Certificate: https://www.scu.edu/engineering/academic-programs/power-systems-and-sustainable-energy-program/about/

Data is from the 2018-2019 academic year, the most recent year for which we have complete data about degrees awarded.

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