Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 68.66
Liaison Eric Boles
Submission Date March 5, 2021
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University of Arkansas
AC-2: Learning Outcomes

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.72 / 8.00 Marty Matlock
Executive Director
Office for Sustainability
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Total number of graduates from degree programs (i.e. majors, minors, concentrations, certificates, and other academic designations):
6,894

Number of students that graduate from programs that have adopted at least one sustainability learning outcome:
3,203

Percentage of students who graduate from programs that have adopted at least one sustainability learning outcome:
46.46

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

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)?:
Yes

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

Fay Jones School of Architecture and Design
All curriculums within the Fay Jones School empower students by developing skill, knowledge, and a deep sense of responsibility to their environment and to the cultures they will serve. The students survey issues and opportunities in built and natural settings. Graduates from the Fay Jones School have the ability to use design and design thinking to address complex social, physical, and cultural relationships that constitute the human-made environment, while considering economic and environmental constraints.

College of Education and Health Professions
The College of Education and Health Professions requires all their graduates to take Environmental Science or Environmental Health which are both sustainability focused courses.

College of Engineering
The College of Engineering has a program-wide learning outcome that is an ability to apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors.


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):

Other sustainability-focused programs/schools with stated learning outcomes tied to social, environmental, and economic sustainability include:

-Agricultural Economics and Agribusiness requires Crop, Soil, and Environmental Sciences Colloquium which is a sustainability focused course.
-Crop Science requires Crop, Soil, and Environmental Sciences Colloquium which is a sustainability focused course.
-Environmental, Soil, and Water Science requires Environmental Science and Agricultural and Human Environmental Sciences, and 9 hours of other environmental science courses, which all have a deep focus on sustainability.
-Horticulture requires Crop, Soil, and Environmental Sciences Colloquium which is a sustainability focused course.
-Apparel Merchandising and Product Development requires Agricultural and Human Environmental Sciences which is a sustainability focused course.
-Hospitality Management requires Agricultural and Human Environmental Sciences which is a sustainability focused course.
-Earth Science requires Sustaining Earth which is a sustainability focused course.
-History requires Sustaining Earth which is a sustainability focused course.
-The School of Social Work has learning objectives as stated: The ability to apply the knowledge and skills of culturally competent generalist social work practice with systems of all sizes focusing on assets, resiliency, and consumer directed interventions; An understanding of the forms and mechanisms of oppression and discrimination including their influence on poverty, and apply strategies of advocacy and social change that advance social and economic justice locally, nationally, and globally.
-Supply Chain Management requires Sustainable Logistics and Supply Chain Management which is a sustainability focused course.

-Sustainability Minor, Students who complete the minor in Sustainability will be expected to:

1) Articulate commonly accepted definitions of sustainability and discuss various nuances among those definitions

2) Have an understanding of the interdisciplinary nature of sustainability issues, particularly as they pertain to the thematic areas of knowledge addressed by the minor; sustainability of natural systems, managed systems, built systems, and human social systems

3) Be conversant regarding acquisition and analysis of data pertinent to sustainability issues

4) Communicate orally and in writing organized thoughts defining sustainability issues

5) Identify appropriate potential strategies to address sustainability issues using data and provide results of rudimentary analyses of data using novel metrics or statistics

6) Make recommendations, based on data analysis and interpretation, to advance the sustainability of individuals or institutions

-Sustainability Graduate Certificate is a 15-credit, interdisciplinary program, drawing from faculty and course work across all colleges of the University of Arkansas. The graduate certificate is accessible to all students admitted to the Graduate School, both degree-seeking and non-degree seeking, to participate in an advanced study in sustainability. The purpose of the Graduate Certificate in Sustainability is to provide functional graduate-level knowledge and skills related to the emerging discipline of sustainability organized around the four interdisciplinary systems areas; natural, managed, built, and social.


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)?:
Yes

A list or brief description of the course level sustainability learning outcomes and the programs for which the courses are required:

Learning objectives and outcomes for SUST courses:
1) Articulate commonly accepted definitions of sustainability and discuss various nuances among those definitions.

2)Have an understanding of the interdisciplinary nature of sustainability issues, particularly as they pertain to the thematic areas of knowledge addressed by the minor; the sustainability of natural systems, managed systems, built systems, and human social systems.

3)Be conversant regarding acquisition and analysis of data pertinent to sustainability issues.

4)Communicate orally and in writing organized thoughts defining sustainability issues.

5)Identify appropriate potential strategies to address sustainability issues using data and provide results of rudimentary analyses of data using novel metrics or statistics

6)Make recommendations, based on data analysis and interpretation, to advance sustainability of individuals or institutions


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Double majors and minors are not included in the graduate counts due to an issue with double counting students.

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