Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 55.78
Liaison Jennifer McLaughlin
Submission Date Dec. 9, 2019
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South Dakota State University
AC-2: Learning Outcomes

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.35 / 8.00 Jennifer McLaughlin
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Total number of graduates from degree programs (i.e. majors, minors, concentrations, certificates, and other academic designations):
7,557

Number of students that graduate from programs that have adopted at least one sustainability learning outcome:
1,278

Percentage of students who graduate from programs that have adopted at least one sustainability learning outcome:
16.91

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

Does the institution specify sustainability learning outcomes at the institution level (e.g. covering all students)?:
No

Does the institution specify sustainability learning outcomes at the division level (e.g. covering particular schools or colleges within the institution)?:
No

A list or brief description of the institution level or division level sustainability learning outcomes:
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Does the institution specify sustainability learning outcomes at the program level (i.e. majors, minors, concentrations, degrees, diplomas, certificates, and other academic designations)?:
Yes

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

Undergraduate Majors:
Agriculture & Biosystems Engineering (B.S.) - to produce engineers that become capable of addressing issues of ethics, safety, professionalism, cultural diversity, globalization, environmental impact, and social and economic impact in engineering practice

Agricultural & Resource Economics (B.S.) - demonstrate knowledge and understanding of concepts of economics that underlie the agricultural and environmental sectors in the global economy

Agronomy (B.S) - demonstrate knowledge and application of ethical and sustainable practices in the agronomic fields

Architecture (B.F.A) - measure and understand the impact of ideas on theoretical, social, political, economic, cultural, and environmental contexts

Civil Engineering (B.S.) - an ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability; the broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context

Conservation Planning & Park Management (B.S.) - demonstrate understanding of ecological and environmental principles required for management of natural resources for multiple-uses, including (but not limited to) wildlife habitat, water management, ecosystems services, recreation, and livestock production; describe how natural resource management fits into the context of society and how societal factors (e.g., economics, policy, laws, regulations, attitudes, behaviors, norms) influence natural resource management; lead and work with others as appropriate to successfully manage natural resources

Conservation Planning & Park Management (B.S.) – Park Administration & Management Specialization - demonstrate understanding of ecological and environmental principles required for management of natural resources for multiple-uses, including (but not limited to) wildlife habitat, water management, ecosystems services, recreation, and livestock production; describe how natural resource management fits into the context of society and how societal factors (e.g., economics, policy, laws, regulations, attitudes, behaviors, norms) influence natural resource management; lead and work with others as appropriate to successfully manage natural resources

Ecology & Environmental Science (B.S.) - demonstrate understanding of ecological and environmental principles required for management of natural resources for multiple-uses, including (but not limited to) wildlife habitat, water management, ecosystem services, recreation and livestock production; describe how natural resource management fits into the context of society and how societal factors (e.g., economics, policy, laws, regulations, attitude, behaviors, norms) influence natural resource management; demonstrate the ability to lead and work with others as appropriate to successfully manage natural resources

Electrical Engineering (B.S.) - an 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; an 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

Geography (B.S.) - acquire foundational and specialized knowledge in both the physical and human worlds and their interconnectedness at different scales; demonstrate the ability to collect, organize, analyze, and synthesize information about people, places, and environments in a spatial-temporal context

Horticulture - demonstrate a fundamental understanding of plant identification, selection, use, and maintenance of plant material best suited for conventional and sustainable landscapes

Landscape Architecture (B.L.A) - integrate social, cultural, ecological and technical factors in solving design and planning problems in a variety of rural and urban contexts

Mechanical Engineering (B.S.) - an 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; an 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

Natural Resource Law Enforcement (B.S) - demonstrate understanding of ecological and environmental principles required for management of natural resources for multiple-uses, including (but not limited to) wildlife habitat, water management, ecosystem services, recreation and livestock production; describe how natural resource management fits into the context of society and how societal factors (e.g., economics, policy, laws, regulations, attitude, behaviors, norms) influence natural resource management; demonstrate the ability to lead and work with others as appropriate to successfully manage natural resources

Precision Agriculture (B.S.) - make effective agronomic recommendations for crop management, soil management, pest management, and environmental stewardship; demonstrate the economic and environmental benefits of precision agriculture; solve complex agronomic and environmental problems using precision agriculture tools

Rangeland Ecology & Management (B.S.) - demonstrate understanding of ecological and environmental principles required for management of natural resources for multiple-uses, including (but not limited to) wildlife habitat, water management, ecosystem services, recreation and livestock production; describe how natural resource management fits into the context of society and how societal factors (e.g., economics, policy, laws, regulations, attitude, behaviors, norms) influence natural resource management; demonstrate the ability to lead and work with others as appropriate to successfully manage natural resources

Wildlife & Fisheries Sciences (B.S.) - demonstrate understanding of natural population dynamics, and ecological and environmental principles required for management of natural resources for multiple-uses, including (but not limited to) wildlife habitat, water management, ecosystem services, recreation and livestock production; describe how natural resource management fits into the context of society and how societal factors (e.g., economics, policy, laws, regulations, attitude, behaviors, norms) influence natural resource management; demonstrate the ability to lead and work with others as appropriate to successfully manage natural resources.

Undergraduate Minors
Ag Business - demonstrate an understanding of concepts of economics that underlie the agricultural and environmental sectors in the global economy and commerce

Botany - demonstrate understanding of ecological and environmental principles required for management of natural resources for multiple-uses, including (but not limited to) wildlife habitat, water management, ecosystem services, recreation and livestock production; describe how natural resource management fits into the context of society and how societal factors (e.g., economics, policy, laws, regulations, attitude, behaviors, norms) influence natural resource management; demonstrate the ability to lead and work with others as appropriate to successfully manage natural resources

Geographic Information Sciences - acquire foundational and specialized knowledge in both the physical and human worlds and their interconnectedness at different scales

Geography - acquire foundational and specialized knowledge in both the physical and human worlds and their interconnectedness at different scales; demonstrate the ability to collect, organize, analyze, and synthesize information about people, places, and environments in a spatial-temporal context

Nuclear Engineering - Demonstrate competency in contemporary issues regarding nuclear power (contemporary issues include nuclear energy's carbon footprint, land usage, waste handling as well as social issues such as NIMBY and BANANA and how nuclear energy can help poverty stricken areas).

Rangeland Ecology & Management - demonstrate understanding of ecological and environmental principles required for management of natural resources for multiple-uses, including (but not limited to) wildlife habitat, water management, ecosystem services, recreation and livestock production; describe how natural resource management fits into the context of society and how societal factors (e.g., economics, policy, laws, regulations, attitude, behaviors, norms) influence natural resource management; demonstrate the ability to lead and work with others as appropriate to successfully manage natural resources

Sustainability - Define sustainability and articulate an understanding of the linkages between social, economic, and environmental perspectives; recognize and assess how sustainability impacts the natural environment and human communities; apply measures of sustainability and an evidence-based, interdisciplinary approach to issues of social, environmental and economic justice

Sustainable Energy Systems - understand and apply the concept of sustainability to the design of energy conversion systems

Undergraduate Certifications
Agricultural & Environmental Law - recognize, identify, and understand legal issues in agricultural and environmental law; identify, research, and apply credible legal resources appropriate for agribusiness law and policy and environmental law and policy; reinforce analytical/critical thinking skills applicable to business or environmental policy related to the law.

Master’s Program
Wildlife & Fisheries Sciences (M.S.) - Fisheries Sciences Specialization - understand the relationships between biological information and socioeconomic factors; develop a concern and feeling for the natural resources of the world

Wildlife & Fisheries Sciences (M.S.) - Wildlife Sciences Specialization - understand the relationships between biological information and socioeconomic factors; develop a concern and feeling for the natural resources of the world

Master of Public Health (MPH) - explain effects of environmental factors on a population’s health; evaluate various risk management and risk communication approaches in relation to issues of environmental and occupational health; design a public health response to current biological, environmental, or natural threats in rural and medically underserved communities; explain the social, political and economic determinants of health and how they contribute to population health and health inequities; advocate for political, social or economic policies and programs that will improve health in diverse populations; discuss the means by which structural bias, social inequities and racism undermine health and create challenges to achieving health equity at organizational, community and societal levels; develop strategies to advance health equity through improvement of social determinants of health in rural and medically underserved communities; evaluate policies for their impact on public health and health equity

Doctorate Program
Civil Engineering (Ph.D.) - advance sustainable civil engineering systems to serve the needs of future generations and preserve natural resources

Wildlife & Fisheries Sciences (Ph.D.) - understand the relationships between biological information and socioeconomic factors; develop a concern and feeling for the natural resources of the world.


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)?:
No

A list or brief description of the course level sustainability learning outcomes and the programs for which the courses are required:
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The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
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