Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 53.15
Liaison Nick Cookson
Submission Date Dec. 20, 2018
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Sewanee - The University of the South
AC-2: Learning Outcomes

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.13 / 8.00 Nick Cookson
Sustainability Program Manager
Office of Environmental Stewardship and Sustainability
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Total number of graduates from degree programs (i.e. majors, minors, concentrations, certificates, and other academic designations):

Number of students that graduate from programs that have adopted at least one sustainability learning outcome:

Percentage of students who graduate from programs that have adopted at least one sustainability learning outcome:

Do the figures reported above cover one, two, or three academic years?:

Does the institution specify sustainability learning outcomes at the institution level (e.g. covering all students)?:

Does the institution specify sustainability learning outcomes at the division level (e.g. covering particular schools or colleges within the institution)?:

A list or brief description of the institution level or division level sustainability learning outcomes:


Does the institution specify sustainability learning outcomes at the program level (i.e. majors, minors, concentrations, degrees, diplomas, certificates, and other academic designations)?:

A list or brief description of the program level sustainability learning outcomes (or a list of sustainability-focused programs):

The Sewanee Integrated Program in the Environment (SIPE) offers students an unusually rich array of curricular options with six majors, six minors, and a certificate. This expansive curriculum—including natural and social sciences as well as the humanities and fine arts—offers students multiple pathways for appreciating the ecological complexity and wonder of the earth we inhabit. The Program’s spread of curricular options across several majors enables students to develop not only depth of exposure to key fields and methodologies of study, but also cross-disciplinary breadth of understanding of society, economics, and the environment. This broad-gauged outlook is crucial for graduates looking to address the inherently interdisciplinary challenges of environmental study in today’s world. Students enrolled in our majors also share the chance for common exposure to the Program’s team-taught offering, “Introduction to Environmental Studies”, as well as involvement in various other collaborative opportunities and occasions for interaction across academic disciplines.
A major asset of SIPE is the unparalleled opportunity for field study available throughout the University’s 13,000-acre land-base, commonly known as “the Domain.” This extensive tract includes extensive woodlands, lakes, trails, caves, and bluffs that surround the central campus and encompass the residential village of Sewanee. The Domain’s amalgamation of wildlife preserve, working forest, farmland, and settlements thus offers students and faculty members rare benefit as a “living laboratory” for inquiry.

Program level sustainability learning outcomes include:

Students will evaluate the sustainability of land use by quantifying elemental cycles in natural and human-altered ecosystems

Students will have an understanding of the environmental impact of modern agriculture and the foundations of sustainability, with specific reference to the ecology of sustainable agriculture

Students will understand the historical origins and development of the discourses of
sustainability, sustainable development, and the green economy

Do course level sustainability learning outcomes contribute to the figure reported above (i.e. in the absence of program, division, or institution level learning outcomes)?:

A list or brief description of the course level sustainability learning outcomes and the programs for which the courses are required:

The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:

All 58 students are from the single program: SIPE, referred to above.
This is the only program included to represent the 58 students. These students are exposed to different courses of studies within the SIPE program; therefore, their learning outcomes differ slightly and are built into the courses that each student selects. This being said, there are specific courses that require sustainability outcomes in each pathway within the SIPE program and they are listed above.

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