Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 53.85
Liaison Geory Kurtzhals
Submission Date Jan. 10, 2020
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Southern Illinois University Carbondale
IN-26: Innovation C

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Geory Kurtzhals
Sustainability Coordinator
Sustainability
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Name or title of the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome:
University Honors Innovation and Sustainability Course

A brief description of the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome that outlines how credit criteria are met and any positive measurable outcomes associated with the innovation:

A student-initiated course titled “INNOVATIONS IN SUSTAINABILITY: SURVIVING IN A CHANGING WORLD” is currently being offered via the University Honors program. This course brings together faculty from the arts, humanities, sciences, and the social sciences to consider the challenges to our survival as a species; and design as a way to conceptualize and find solutions towards sustainable living. The course was initiated by 2 students who are also University Innovation Fellows: Jacob Coddington (Graduate student, Master of Business Administration) and Carly Kasicki (majoring in Biological Sciences, French, and German). The course is itself an example of innovation, with students bringing together faculty to address the critical issue of survival -- thus, taking ownership over their education and the richness of knowledge and experience on our campus.
The course is currently being taught during the fall 2019 semester and took months of preparation and coordination. The students taking the course are being charged with developing innovative ideas to develop on campus, combining the ideas of sustainability with the design thinking skills they are learning throughout the course. Current student ideas fall into the following categories: transportation, materials management, land use, outreach/education, and curriculum. One of the student groups is focused on putting sustainability curriculum in the required UCOL 101 course for first year students. The student group team members have already spoken with administrators about this idea, reinforcing the importance of sustainability to our students within the university administration.


Which of the following impact areas does the innovation most closely relate to? (select up to three):
Curriculum
Campus Engagement
Coordination & Planning

A letter of affirmation from an individual with relevant expertise or a press release or publication featuring the innovation :
The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:

The first uploaded document includes some newsletter stories (not publically accessible) and website notices that were copy/pasted into a document because the items will not necessarily stay on the website.
The second upload is the course syllabus.

Student newspaper article about the course:
https://dailyegyptian.com/96128/news/student-led-course-teaches-about-innovations-in-sustainability/

Also:
https://honors.siu.edu/the-honors-experience/student-research-highlights.php

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