Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 50.04
Liaison Rebecca Collins
Submission Date Feb. 21, 2018
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Temple University
AC-2: Learning Outcomes

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.14 / 8.00 Katherine Switala-Elmhurst
Program Manager
Office of Sustainability
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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:

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):

*Number of students listed above that graduate from programs that have adopted at least one sustainability learning outcome include the following major programs:

Undergraduate Certificate in Sustainability: The University College offers an undergraduate Certificate in Sustainability. This twelve credit interdisciplinary certificate will provide an opportunity for students to further their knowledge and skills to contribute to sustainable systems from the viewpoint of different disciplines, to help them become effective leaders and agents of change for sustainability, and to make them more competitive in the changing job market as some sectors move to a green collar economy. http://www.temple.edu/bulletin/Academic_programs/university_college/sustainability.htm

Environmental Studies (BA): Environmental Studies is an interdisciplinary major offered by the Department of Geography and Urban Studies that examines the nature, causes and consequences of human interactions with the environment. Students in Environmental Studies gain the intellectual and methodological tools to understand and address the crucial environmental issues of our time and the impact on individuals, society, and the planet. Students are introduced to a physical lab science, an understanding of the economic system, and social science methods in order to prepare for our core courses. The Environmental Studies core courses are designed to develop the theoretical and methodological frameworks and tools necessary to understand the relationships between people and their environment as they interact through local to global connections. Students examine environmental policy and the role of political institutions; environmental decision-making; natural hazards and risk assessment; environmental ethics and legal issues; and environmental justice. The electives give students the opportunity to develop an area of emphasis around their particular interests. http://bulletin.temple.edu/undergraduate/liberal-arts/environmental-studies/ba-environmental-studies/

Environmental Science (BS): Students will be equipped with the scholarly background and intellectual skills to understand a wide range of pressing environmental issues, and they will come to appreciate the physical, economic, political, demographic, and ethical factors that define those issues. Among the many environmental problems central to our program are groundwater contamination, suburban sprawl, river basin management, environmental justice, and the greening of abandoned urban spaces. Our graduates find employment with government environmental agencies, citizens' organizations, consulting firms, and corporate environmental affairs departments. http://bulletin.temple.edu/undergraduate/science-technology/earth-environmental-science/environmental-science-bs/

Geography and Urban Studies (MA, PhD): The Geography and Urban Studies major and minor combine the discipline of geography and the field of urban studies to offer a program that emphasizes geographic theory and methods to the study of urban and regional processes and problems in the U.S. and international settings. Students in Geography and Urban Studies are equipped with the intellectual and methodological tools necessary to understand and address a wide range of environmental, economic, social, and political challenges that are central to the well-being of billions of people in an urbanizing world. The major and minor focus on the four themes of globalization, sustainability, social justice, and geographic methods that are increasingly central to understanding and addressing global challenges. There is a resurgence of interest in geographic theory and methods that examine the complexity of human-environmental interactions; the increasing interconnectedness of the global economy, environment, culture and politics; and the importance of place/context in people's daily lives. http://bulletin.temple.edu/undergraduate/liberal-arts/geography-urban-studies/

City and Regional Planning (MS): The M.S. in City and Regional Planning is the terminal degree for the planning profession. The primary purpose of the program is to develop skilled practitioners for the dynamic opportunities available in the government, non-profit, and private sectors. Students graduate with strengths in sustainability, environmental planning, community engagement, and advanced methods as well as a broad-based understanding and awareness of the physical and economic aspects of planning, sensitivity to the social and environmental impact of planning decisions, and a knowledge of governmental structures as they apply to planning. The program’s strength in sustainability and environmental planning reflects a commitment to the late Ian McHarg’s notion of ecologically based planning and takes advantage of the fact that Dr. William Cohen, Professor of Practice, studied with Professor McHarg at the University of Pennsylvania. The concept of an ecologically based planning program involves placing a greater emphasis on the physical sciences than is found in most U.S. planning programs. The program’s emphasis also stems from its emergence from Temple University’s Center for Sustainable Communities. http://bulletin.temple.edu/graduate/scd/tyler-div/city-regional-planning-ms/

Environmental Engineering (BS, MS, PhD): Environmental engineering professionals work at the interface of human society and the natural environment, aiming to find solutions to the world's challenges of air, land, and water pollution and sustainability. The environmental engineering curriculum at Temple University provides a fully-integrated design experience within a multidisciplinary learning environment. Students begin their undergraduate studies with courses in advanced mathematics, chemistry, and physics, as well as engineering. As they progress, the coursework becomes more discipline specific and includes topics such as water and wastewater treatment, air pollution control, environmental hydrology, stormwater management, and others. http://bulletin.temple.edu/undergraduate/engineering/civil-environmental-engineering/bs-environmental-engineering/

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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Graduate rates are from degrees awarded 7/1/2016 thru 6/30/2017; Matching issues because we capture degrees thru Summer.

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