Overall Rating Expired
Overall Score Expired
Liaison Jennifer deHart
Submission Date Oct. 30, 2014
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STARS v2.0

Unity College
AC-10: Support for Research

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete Expired Steve Kahl
Director of Sustainability
Sustainability
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Does the institution have a program to encourage student sustainability research that meets the criteria for this credit?:
Yes

A brief description of the institution’s program(s) to encourage student research in sustainability:

Unity hosts a Student Conference each semester to highlight student research, partnership, and creative work. The Center for Sustainability & Global Change awards the Sustainability Award at each conference. Nominations for the award are open to all students. Additionally, there is a strong focus on participation in "Research Experiences for Undergraduates" -- a program that places Unity students at top research institutions throughout the country for intensive summer research experience.


The website URL where information about the student research program is available:
Does the institution have a program to encourage faculty sustainability research that meets the criteria for this credit?:
Yes

A brief description of the institution’s program(s) to encourage faculty research in sustainability:

Unity's Faculty Scholarship Committee supports research efforts for Unity faculty There is a Professional Development Fund that helps faculty develop seed ideas or provides match. The institution has a return of IDC policy that provides an incentive to apply for grant money and the college has a grant writer to assist faculty and staff with applications..


The website URL where information about the faculty research program is available:
Has the institution formally adopted policies and procedures that give positive recognition to interdisciplinary, transdisciplinary, and multidisciplinary research during faculty promotion and/or tenure decisions?:
Yes

A brief description or the text of the institution’s policy regarding interdisciplinary research:

The college encourages interdisciplinary research and considers faculty scholarship in review and promotion decisions. A current example of interdisciplinary research is the multi-year Hemlock Ecosystem Management study being led by four faculty members in ecology, GIS, biology, and botany, using undergraduate student researchers from Unity and other colleges.


The website URL where information about the treatment of interdisciplinary research is available:
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Does the institution provide ongoing library support for sustainability research and learning that meets the criteria for this credit?:
Yes

A brief description of the institution's library support for sustainability research and learning:

In support of the College mission in sustainability, the library focuses it's resources on sustainability disciplines and resources to support the needs of both students and faculty who are all pursuing topics in sustainability.


The website URL where information about the institution's library support for sustainability is available:

Unity College has an active undergraduate and faculty research program in environmental sciences and sustainability topics, all in support of the mission of the College.

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