Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 71.70
Liaison Marianne Martin
Submission Date Sept. 22, 2014
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University of Colorado Boulder
AC-10: Support for Research

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 4.00 / 4.00 James White
Chair, Director-Institute, Professor
Institute for Arctic & Alpine Research, Environmental Studies, Geological Sciences
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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:

Student sustainability research is encouraged several ways.1) the ENVS Honors program and, 2) the Baker Environmental Residential Academic Program 3) Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program

The Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) offers students a chance to work alongside a faculty sponsor on original research. UROP was designed to create research partnerships between faculty and undergraduate students.

Likewise, the Baker Residential Academic Program specializes in environmental and sustainability education and promotes student research on the subjects.

http://bakerrap.colorado.edu/

http://www.colorado.edu/envs/research/undergraduate-opportunities


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:

The Following is a statement from one of the encouraged faculty sustainability research programs.

Mission & Vision
As a world leader in Environmental Sciences at the University of Colorado Boulder, CIRES is committed to identifying and pursuing innovative research in Earth System Science and fostering public awareness of these processes to ensure a sustainable future environment.

CIRES is dedicated to fundamental and interdisciplinary research targeted at all aspects of Earth System Science and to communicating these findings to the global scientific community, to decision-makers, and to the public.


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:

Per our strategic plan, FlagShip 2030, "We will build upon
our excellent record in interdisciplinary research and creative work to become a global leader in ventures that span traditional academic fields. We will strengthen the university’s advocacy, support, recognition, and financial incentives for faculty and students who engage and excel in interdisciplinary work."

Accordingly, the Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs has included interdisciplinary research as a review criteria in current tenure and promotion processes overseen by the AVCAA's Tenure & Promotion committee.


The website URL where information about the treatment of interdisciplinary research is available:
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:

CU Boulder libraries have in place extensive research guides that cover a variety of topics across sustainability. In addition to research guides, the library employs an Environmental Studies subject specialist to further aid in sustainability research.


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

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