Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 81.67
Liaison Mark Lichtenstein
Submission Date Feb. 28, 2019
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State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry
AC-2: Learning Outcomes

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 8.00 / 8.00 Scott Shannon
Associate Provost & Dean, Graduate School
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Total number of graduates from degree programs (i.e. majors, minors, concentrations, certificates, and other academic designations):

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

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

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

Does the institution specify sustainability learning outcomes at the institution level (e.g. covering all students)?:

Does the institution specify sustainability learning outcomes at the division level (e.g. covering particular schools or colleges within the institution)?:

A list or brief description of the institution level or division level sustainability learning outcomes:

Sustainability is central to ESF’s mission. Broad sustainability learning outcomes are taught to all students across the institution, and degree programs build on that foundation to fulfill more specific sustainability learning outcomes in different disciplines. At the institutional level, broad sustainability learning outcomes taught to all students include:

- An understanding that sustainability begins with an obligation to meet present needs without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs
- An understanding of the basic functions of natural and social systems
- An understanding and quantification of the limitations of nature’s capacity
- An understanding and ability to develop solutions through the integration of social, economic, technological, and environmental systems

Does the institution specify sustainability learning outcomes at the program level (i.e. majors, minors, concentrations, degrees, diplomas, certificates, and other academic designations)?:

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

Construction Management - Bachelor of Science
The construction management degree prepares students for management careers in the construction industry with additional focus on sustainable construction management. Environmental issues are incorporated within the program by addressing workplace safety, environmental impact evaluation, and codes concerning structural, fire, and hazardous material requirements. Emphasis on environmental and personal safety includes asbestos mitigation, noise pollution, air monitoring and sampling techniques. Energy efficiency in buildings is studied based upon the New York state energy conservation code and federal guidelines. Legal and social aspects are integrated into the program in the later stages.
Example Outcome -- Awareness of contemporary issues in construction management such as sustainable development, as well as economic, political, social and global issues

Environmental Biology - Bachelor of Science
The curriculum for the bachelor of science degree in environmental biology is built around a core of required courses that provides a general education, a background in the principles of biological and physical science, and an orientation to natural resources and other environmental concerns. Environmental biology is the broadest of the seven biology majors at ESF, covering topics from molecules to ecosystems to regional landscapes, but nearly all the courses in the specialized areas are also available as electives.
Example Outcome -- Demonstrate basic knowledge of the ecological relationships of organisms in natural and human-dominated environments at local to global scales, and apply it to interpreting issues in their profession and in daily life

Environmental Resources Engineering - Bachelor of Science
The departmental mission is to engage in teaching, research and service to advance environmental resources engineering practices and meet the needs of the world. Students receive a well-balanced education, including courses that allow students to see the social, economic, and environmental impacts of engineering practice, fundamental engineering and environmental engineering courses, and specialized courses that capture the breadth of their field of study.
Example Outcome -- 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

Environmental Studies - Bachelor of Science
The Bachelor of Science in Environmental Studies program has a broadly interdisciplinary approach and has been carefully designed to provide a comprehensive understanding of environmental affairs. In the pursuit of these objectives, we bring together scientific, philosophical, theoretical, and practical perspectives on a range of environmental concerns. This program prepares students with the knowledge and experience to work towards an ecologically sustainable and socially just world. It provides opportunities for community engagement, valuable hands-on internship experiences, and multiple destinations for a semester of studying abroad.
Example Outcome -- Demonstrate an integrative approach to environmental issues with a focus on sustainability

Forest Resources Management - Bachelor of Science
Today's forest resources management program is based on a clear vision that combines professional competency with a strong foundation in the biophysical sciences, humanities, and social sciences to meet society's needs for forest managers.With 25,000 acres of College forest lands as teaching and research laboratories, ESF provides many opportunities to meet student needs for experiential learning. The forest technology program at ESF's Wanakena campus prepares students for careers in field forestry and is a route to the forest resources management program that emphasizes field practice. Internships with forest-based organizations in the private, public and nonprofit sectors amplify these hands-on experiences. Practical experience is combined with learning concepts and problem solving and critical thinking skills in the classroom and laboratory on ESF's Syracuse campus. The educational outcomes of the forest resources management degree program are among the best anywhere in North America.
Example Outcome -- Evaluate tradeoffs among biological sustainability, economic feasibility, and social acceptability with respect to alternative forest management plans

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)?:

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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