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Overall Score 70.35
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Submission Date March 2, 2018
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University of California, Santa Barbara
AC-2: Learning Outcomes

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.09 / 8.00 Katie Maynard
Sustainability Coordinator
Geography & Sustainability
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Total number of graduates from degree programs (i.e. majors, minors, concentrations, certificates, and other academic designations):
6,168

Number of students that graduate from programs that have adopted at least one sustainability learning outcome:
842

Percentage of students who graduate from programs that have adopted at least one sustainability learning outcome:
13.65

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)?:
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):

Environmental Studies BA and BS (2)
“Identify the societal (social, political, economic, cultural and ethical) agents and structures that contribute to environmental change.”
“Analyze efforts to solve environmental problems from multiple perspectives, including sustainability, equity and social justice.”

Hydrological Sciences and Policy BS:
“Identify the societal (social, political, economic, cultural and ethical) agents and structures that contribute to environmental change.”
“Analyze efforts to solve environmental problems from multiple perspectives, including sustainability, equity and social justice.”

Geography BA:
“Explain how geography, the study of Earth as the home of humanity, integrates biophysical sciences, social and behavioral sciences, and humanities.”
“Describe the interrelationships of physical, biological, socio-cultural, and economic components of the Earth system.”
“Demonstrate an understanding of the role of geography in today’s world.”

Global Studies BA:
“Explain the basic contours of contemporary global social, cultural, economic, environmental and political issues.”

History of Public Policy BA:
“Compare and contrast how broadly similar historical developments in public policy (i.e., state formation, domestic and interstate conflicts, economic and social welfare development, cultural promotion and incorporation, urbanization, migration, environmental use and mitigation) have been experienced in varied times and places.”

Earth Science BA and BS (2):
“Describe the broad attributes and interactions of the Earth System, as well as its geological history, how and why it is changing today, and how those changes impact society.”

Environmental Science and Management MESM:
“Demonstrate broad knowledge of environmental science and management including competency in ecology, earth system science, biogeochemistry, microeconomics, environmental economics, statistics, environmental law, business and the environment, and environmental politics and policy.”

Environmental Science and Management PhD:
“Demonstrate knowledge of environmental science and management through completion of core courses and written and oral exams. All Bren PhD students are required to take three core courses that focus on innovative approaches to interdisciplinary environmental research, and proposal and manuscript writing for professionals in interdisciplinary environmental science.”

Global Studies MA:
“Graduate students will acquire a basic understanding of major ideas and writings that have influenced the definition of the field of global and international studies and acquire an in-depth knowledge of the kinds of subjects, issues, and problems that constitute the three broad interdisciplinary specializations that comprise our M.A. curriculum: global political economy, sustainability and the environment; global culture, ideology, and religion; global governance, civil society, and human rights. This learning will provide students with a general orientation to the field of global studies itself and an advanced introduction to three distinctive but diverse ways of addressing and analyzing particular, interlinked components of the field.”


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:
Additional documentation to support the submission:

We focused on program-level learning outcomes because this was the level where we had the most complete set of outcomes.

The above calculation includes the number of students who graduated from a program with at least one sustainability learning outcome over the two-year period from 2014-15 to 2015-16. This total number of graduates from all degree programs is likewise calculated over the same two-year period. We were only able to use data from this period because data from the 2016-2017 year is not yet available and the 2017-2018 year is still in progress.

We likely double-counted on double-majors, due to the difficulty in separating that data out.

Learning outcomes were mostly pulled from the Assessment of Student Learning, completed as part of the WASC Accreditation process (http://assessment.ucsb.edu/plo). We used the WASC outcomes to justify undergraduate learning outcomes.

We could not find specific program-level outcomes at the Graduate level; the WASC outcomes were more general and did not adequately address each specific program. For this, we used information from credit AC 4 (Graduate Programs). More information about the PhD and MESM in Environmental Science and Management can be found below, respectively:
http://bren.ucsb.edu/academics/phd.html
http://bren.ucsb.edu/academics/MESM.html

In reporting, we ensured that we only included degree programs with learning outcomes that addressed all three components of sustainability: environment, economy, and society, or that at least included environmental issues and broadly addressed “impacts to society” (which we counted as the social/economic side).

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