Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 68.66
Liaison Eric Boles
Submission Date March 5, 2021
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

University of Arkansas
AC-10: Support for Research

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 4.00 / 4.00 Marty Matlock
Executive Director
Office for Sustainability
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Does the institution have an ongoing program to encourage students in multiple disciplines or academic programs to conduct research in sustainability? :
Yes

A brief description of the student research program, including the incentives provided and any positive outcomes during the previous three years:

The University of Arkansas Honors College funds undergraduate research grants to sustainability-related programs, and some state SURF grants are also sustainability-related. Additionally, our ecological agriculture research program conducts organic and sustainable production research on fruit crops. Students of all levels receive financial rewards for working in the program.
In different programs, such as Landscape Architecture, students must incorporate sustainability aspects into projects and have mentors available to them to help them do so.


Does the institution have a program to encourage faculty from multiple disciplines or academic programs to conduct research in sustainability topics?:
Yes

A brief description of the faculty research program, including the incentives provided and any positive outcomes during the previous three years:

All tenure track faculty at the University of Arkansas are involved in research, and grants are available for research. Interdisciplinary research is encouraged and considered in tenure and promotional decisions. The Center for Agricultural and Rural Sustainability and the Sustainability Consortium exist for sustainability research and educational purposes.

The University of Arkansas Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP) assists investigators with the process of finding funding sources, submitting proposals, and managing awards. OSP provides guidance to faculty and students in preparing proposals and expending awards in accordance with the regulations of federal and state governments and other funding agencies. OSP also provides general information regarding sponsored program activity at the University of Arkansas and provides glassblowing and machine shop services.


Has the institution published written policies and procedures that give positive recognition to interdisciplinary, transdisciplinary, and multidisciplinary research during faculty promotion and/or tenure decisions?:
Yes

A brief description of the institution’s support for interdisciplinary, transdisciplinary, and multidisciplinary research, including any positive outcomes during the previous three years:

The University of Arkansas provides several options for students to pursue education more broadly than one field of undergraduate study might allow, including interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary programs. These programs allow broader instruction and research opportunities, especially in emerging fields that haven’t reached the academic breadth to constitute a department in their own right or in cases in which collaboration between one or more departments allows faculty from each existing department to contribute to the interdisciplinary or multidisciplinary major. Interdisciplinary research is encouraged in most departments.


Does the institution have ongoing library support for sustainability research and learning?:
Yes

A brief description of the institution’s library support for sustainability research, including any positive outcomes during the previous three years:

The University of Arkansas libraries provide support for sustainability-related research and learning activities. Sustainability books, journal searches, and a database of sustainability-related funding opportunities are available through the main library website.


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