Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 67.16
Liaison Mike Versteege
Submission Date June 24, 2020
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University of Alberta
AC-2: Learning Outcomes

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.34 / 8.00 Jasmine Farahbakhsh
Academic Sustainability Assistant
Sustainability Council
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Total number of graduates from degree programs (i.e. majors, minors, concentrations, certificates, and other academic designations):
17,183

Number of students that graduate from programs that have adopted at least one sustainability learning outcome:
2,881

Percentage of students who graduate from programs that have adopted at least one sustainability learning outcome:
16.77

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

Does the institution specify sustainability learning outcomes at the institution level (e.g. covering all students)?:
No

Does the institution specify sustainability learning outcomes at the division level (e.g. covering particular schools or colleges within the institution)?:
No

A list or brief description of the institution level or division level sustainability learning outcomes:
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Does the institution specify sustainability learning outcomes at the program level (i.e. majors, minors, concentrations, degrees, diplomas, certificates, and other academic designations)?:
Yes

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

PROGRAM LEVEL LEARNING OUTCOMES

The following two degrees have clear sustainability learning outcomes at the program level.

BACHELOR OF ARTS IN ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES
https://www.ualberta.ca/agriculture-life-environment-sciences/programs/undergraduate-programs/degree-programs/environmental-studies

The Faculty of Agricultural, Life and Environmental Sciences and the Faculty of Arts have worked together to develop this degree, which will educate students in the scientific, cultural, economic, moral, political and social dimensions of environmental issues. As the subject matter transcends the boundaries of any single discipline or faculty, this degree is offered through a collaborative program that draws on the Faculty of Native Studies and the Faculty of Science. This degree provides students with interdisciplinary expertise to identify, frame, and contribute to the solution of environmental problems. They will have a broad educational foundation in environmental studies, social studies and the humanities, for careers in law, business, economics, resource management, journalism, as well as graduate education in either the professions or in research.

BACHELOR OF ARTS STUDIES (ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE)/BACHELOR OF SCIENCE (ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE) (AUGUSTANA CAMPUS)
https://www.ualberta.ca/augustana/programs/degree/environmental

The B.A. in Environmental Science and the B.Sc. in Environmental Science examine natural processes in our environment; the dependence of human society on nature; and our impact on nature through culture and technology.

The B.Sc.(Env. Science) emphasizes a natural science curriculum, while B.A.(Env. Science) integrates natural sciences, social sciences, and the humanities. Both streams explore issues related to our growing human population, use and overuse of resources, damage caused by pollution and disturbance, and the endangerment and extinction of species and natural ecosystems (Freedman, 2004).

As researchers, students will be able to:
- Apply current methods of inquiry in environmental science/studies.
- Formulate testable scientific hypotheses based on existing theories, design experiments to test such hypotheses, analyze data accurately, and present the results of such experiments appropriately and effectively.
- Develop and execute appropriate sampling techniques to draw inferences about environmental processes and broader scientific and social theories.
- Recognize the limitations of methods used in environmental science/studies and develop skills to overcome these limitations.
- Choose appropriate mathematical and statistical approaches to analyze environmental data.

As communicators, students will be able to:
- Communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing, regarding knowledge of environmental science/studies, its methodologies, key concepts, and issues to both professional and lay audiences.

As thinkers, students will be able to:
- Know the fundamental physical and biological principles that govern natural processes.
- Describe the manner in which earth systems have been modified by human activity over time.
- Integrate information from across the natural sciences, social sciences, and the humanities in the context of complex environmental problems.
- Identify environmental problems, assess key drivers, evaluate problem-solving strategies, and develop multidisciplinary solutions.
- Use contemporary tools and techniques for studying environmental issues.
- Recognize and respect cultural differences regarding natural resource use and management.
- Apply appropriate environmental ethics as an environmental practitioner in the workplace, as a candidate for an advanced degree, and/or as a citizen.

PROGRAMS THAT INCLUDE MANDATORY SUSTAINABILITY COURSES

In addition to the above two programs, programs that require at least one "sustainability course" (as defined in AC-1) were considered as having a sustainability learning outcome and their graduates were included in AC-2. Required courses for all undergraduate and graduate programs were identified using the University of Alberta calendar.

The following list of programs require at least one "sustainability course" and their graduates are included in the AC-2 graduate count:

Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Agriculture, Major in Agricultural and Resource Economics
BSc in Agriculture, Major in Sustainable Agricultural Systems
BSc in Nutrition and Food Science, Major in Nutrition and Food
BSc in Nutrition and Food Science, Honours in Nutrition
BSc in Nutrition and Food Science, Dietetics Specialization
BSc in Nutrition and Food Science (General Program), Minor in Food Policy
BSc in Nutrition and Food Science (General Program), Minor in Food Service Management
BSc in Nutrition and Food Science (General Program), Minor in Human Ecology
BSc in Nutrition and Food Science (General Program), Minor in Nutrition Communication and Education
BSc in Nutrition and Food Science (General Program), Minor in Global Health
BSc in Nutrition and Food Science (General Program), Minor in Physical Activity
Bachelor of Commerce, Major in Natural Resources, Energy and the Environment
Baccalauréat ès Arts, Minor in Anthropology
Baccalauréat ès Arts, Minor in Sociology
BSc, Environmental and Conservation Sciences - Bilingual
BA Elementary Education
BA Secondary Education
BA (Drama)/BEd (Secondary) Combined Degrees
BA (Native Studies)/BEd (Elementary) Five-Year Combined Degrees
BSc / BEd (Secondary) Combined Degrees Program (Augustana)
BKin / BEd (Elementary Route) Five-Year Combined Degrees
BKin / BEd (Secondary Route) Combined Degrees
BMus / BEd Five-Year Combined Degrees
BSc (Specialization in Science and Education)/BEd (Secondary) Combined Degrees Program
BSc in Human Ecology / BEd (Secondary) Combined Degrees
BSc in Engineering (Civil), Major in Civil Engineering
BSc in Engineering (Civil), Major in Biomedical Engineering (Civil)
BSc in Engineering (Civil), Major in Environmental Engineering (Civil)
BSc in Engineering (Mining), Major in Mining Engineering
MSc in Renewable Resources
PhD in Renewable Resources
MSc Resource Economics and Environmental Sociology
PhD Resource Economics and Environmental Sociology
MBA with Specialization in Natural Resources, Energy and the Environment, Specialization in Natural Resources, Energy and the Environment
MSc (Engineering), Environmental Engineering (Civil)
MSc in Occupational Therapy


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)?:
No

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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The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
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Additional documentation to support the submission:
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NOTES:

The count for total number of graduates from all programs offered by the institution was supplied by the Convocation Office. The count of graduates from programs covered by sustainability learning outcomes was supplied by the Office of the Registrar. The data provided covered the number of graduates for each undergraduate and graduate program over the past two years (2018 and 2019), broken down by program.

The information presented here is self-reported. While AASHE staff review portions of all STARS reports and institutions are welcome to seek additional forms of review, the data in STARS reports are not verified by AASHE. If you believe any of this information is erroneous or inconsistent with credit criteria, please review the process for inquiring about the information reported by an institution and complete the Data Inquiry Form.