Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 53.15
Liaison Paul Scanlon
Submission Date Feb. 29, 2016
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Slippery Rock University
AC-3: Undergraduate Program

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 3.00 Paul Scanlon
Special Assistant to the President
President's Office/Sustainability
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Does the institution offer at least one sustainability-focused major, degree program, or the equivalent for undergraduate students?:
Yes

The name of the sustainability-focused, undergraduate degree program (1st program):
Geography (BS) - Track in Environmental Studies

A brief description of the undergraduate degree program (1st program):

Students in the environmental studies program study the links between humans and their environment. This program takes an interdisciplinary approach and integrates knowledge from the social and natural sciences in the study of environmental issues. An important goal of the program is for students to understand the relationships that exist between economic, social, behavioral, and environmental systems. We emphasize the collection, analysis, and representation of earth data at scales ranging from the local to the global.


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The name of the sustainability-focused, undergraduate degree program (2nd program):
Geography (BS) - Track in Environment and Society

A brief description of the undergraduate degree program (2nd program):

Geology and Geography are recognized for their contributions to the better understanding of the earth, nature-society relations, and global and regional situations as well as local issues. Our department's educational mission is to advance the perspectives and insights of geology, geography, and environmental science and studies via high quality curricular programs for our majors and high quality liberal studies courses for non-majors. Complementary missions are to extend knowledge in our disciplines through research and to provide service to the university and our region.


The website URL for the undergraduate degree program (2nd program):
The name of the sustainability-focused, undergraduate degree program (3rd program):
Park & Resource Management (BS)

A brief description of the undergraduate degree program (3rd program):

The Parks and Recreation department allows individuals to educate others on the environment and sustainable issues. It teaches management, planning, education, as well as a variety of other courses.


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The name and website URLs of all other sustainability-focused, undergraduate degree program(s):
Does the institution offer one or more sustainability-focused minors, concentrations or certificates for undergraduate students?:
Yes

The name of the sustainability-focused undergraduate minor, concentration or certificate (1st program):
Sustainable Management Minor (BSBA)

A brief description of the undergraduate minor, concentration or certificate (1st program):

A student pursuing a bachelor of science in business administration degree (BSBA) can choose a major in Sustainable Management. Sustainable Management is a degree program with a strong management component combined with an emphasis on sustainability. The School of Business teaches a triple bottom line (3BL) approach to sustainability. The 3BL approach emphasizes the importance of people and the planet as well as profit as important performance metrics that successful businesses must recognize. Managers following 3BL metrics recognize the stakeholder approach to decision making rather than the traditional shareholder approach. A stakeholder approach allows firms to engage in strategic planning that focuses on long-run value creation for the business as opposed to short-term profits as the sole performance measure.


The website URL for the undergraduate minor, concentration or certificate (1st program):
The name of the sustainability-focused undergraduate minor, concentration or certificate (2nd program):
Certificate in Sustainability

A brief description of the undergraduate minor, concentration or certificate (2nd program):

This interdisciplinary certificate should benefit a diverse population of students who might not be introduced to such concepts through completion of their degree program. Students who obtain a Certificate in Sustainability will be better prepared to critically evaluate society’s interactions with the environment and to help find ethical and equitable solutions to environmental challenges.

Objectives and/or competencies for the program include:

•Recognize how day-to-day activities impact global societies and the natural environment.
•Understand how to use natural resources efficiently and produce a small ecological footprint.
•Identify environmental problems and work within a profession or community to find creative and equitable solutions.
•Understand the energy-environment connection, as well as underlying economic and political considerations, in order to be effective agents of change for practical, long-term sustainability.


The website URL for the undergraduate minor, concentration or certificate (2nd program):
The name of the sustainability-focused undergraduate minor, concentration or certificate (3rd program):
Environmental Science Minor

A brief description of the undergraduate minor, concentration or certificate (3rd program):

Geology and Geography are recognized for their contributions to the better understanding of the earth, nature-society relations, and global and regional situations as well as local issues. Our department's educational mission is to advance the perspectives and insights of geology, geography, and environmental science and studies via high quality curricular programs for our majors and high quality liberal studies courses for non-majors. Complementary missions are to extend knowledge in our disciplines through research and to provide service to the university and our region.


The website URL for the undergraduate minor, concentration or certificate (3rd program):
The name, brief description and URL of all other undergraduate-level sustainability-focused minors, concentrations and certificates:

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