Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 56.23
Liaison Rachael Wein
Submission Date July 11, 2014
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Smith College
AC-10: Support for Research

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 4.00 / 4.00 Joanne Benkley
Assistant Director
Center for the Environment
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Does the institution have a program to encourage student sustainability research that meets the criteria for this credit?:
Yes

A brief description of the institution’s program(s) to encourage student research in sustainability:

The Center for the Environment, Ecological Design and Sustainability (CEEDS) supports students conducting original research in sustainability under the guidance of a faculty advisor by educating students about curricular pathways, sponsoring integrative projects, and student led initiatives.


The website URL where information about the student research program is available:
Does the institution have a program to encourage faculty sustainability research that meets the criteria for this credit?:
Yes

A brief description of the institution’s program(s) to encourage faculty research in sustainability:

Smith College's Center for the Environment, Ecological Design, and Sustainability provides faculty with resources to encourage research in sustainability. The Center can provide expertise, infrastructure, supplemental course funds, and summer stipends of up to $1,000 to faculty in support of these efforts. In addition, faculty have access to the MacLeish Field Station, which is available year round for research and course activities. The mission of the field station is to foster field-based education and research that promotes environmental study and experimental learning in a forested and agricultural landscape. The Ada and Archibald MacLeish Field Station offers a unique opportunity for faculty and students from several disciplines to pursue environmental research, outdoor education, and low-impact recreation.


The website URL where information about the faculty research program is available:
Has the institution formally adopted policies and procedures that give positive recognition to interdisciplinary, transdisciplinary, and multidisciplinary research during faculty promotion and/or tenure decisions?:
Yes

A brief description or the text of the institution’s policy regarding interdisciplinary research:

The Committee on Tenure and Promotion considers collaborative and interdisciplinary research and other projects across different departments for tenure positions.


The website URL where information about the treatment of interdisciplinary research is available:
Does the institution provide ongoing library support for sustainability research and learning that meets the criteria for this credit?:
Yes

A brief description of the institution's library support for sustainability research and learning:

The library staff provide ongoing library support for sustainability research and learning in the form of research guides, materials selection policies and practices, curriculum development efforts, and sustainability literacy promotion.


The website URL where information about the institution's library support for sustainability is available:

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