Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 45.37
Liaison Angie Kim
Submission Date Oct. 31, 2019
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Purchase College - State University of New York
AC-10: Support for Research

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 4.00 Angie Kim
Sustainability Coordinator
Facilities Management
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Does the institution have an ongoing program to encourage students in multiple disciplines or academic programs to conduct research in sustainability? :
Yes

A brief description of the student research program, including the incentives provided and any positive outcomes during the previous three years:

Environmental Studies Junior Seminar: Prepares students for conducting research in environmental studies. Presentation of faculty research, analysis of research papers and proposals, and guest lecturers accompany student development of a senior project research proposal. Required for all environmental studies majors.

Senior Project: Two-semester independent study leading to a senior thesis. The project and thesis may take one of several forms. Students may join in the faculty sponsor’s research, pursuing an identifiable problem; or choose a topic for critical review in the literature. Students with a special interest not represented by a faculty member may find research project supervisors in another board of study or at another institution, subject to approval of and sponsorship by a Purchase faculty member. Facilities and the Sustainability office utilize student researchers in capital projects such as green infrastructure projects where research and monitoring are crucial components. Students are able to collaborate with various departments on campus, external organizations and greatly contribute to the work on campus. Some instances allow for payment for labor, others often lead to mentoring relationships in the professional field.


Does the institution have a program to encourage faculty from multiple disciplines or academic programs to conduct research in sustainability topics?:
No

A brief description of the faculty research program, including the incentives provided and any positive outcomes during the previous three years:
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Has the institution published written policies and procedures that give positive recognition to interdisciplinary, transdisciplinary, and multidisciplinary research during faculty promotion and/or tenure decisions?:
Yes

A brief description of the institution’s support for interdisciplinary, transdisciplinary, and multidisciplinary research, including any positive outcomes during the previous three years:

Interdisciplinary research is a valued component of the assessment of faculty being considered for promotion and/or tenure. This is explained further in the attached Faculty By Laws.


Does the institution have ongoing library support for sustainability research and learning?:
Yes

A brief description of the institution’s library support for sustainability research, including any positive outcomes during the previous three years:

The library has a large variety of resources, databases, materials and research guides pertaining to sustainability. The librarian faculty and staff members also act as a major point-person for students looking for additional support and information to add to their research.


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