Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 65.05
Liaison Konrad Schlarbaum
Submission Date Feb. 15, 2021

STARS v2.2

University of Colorado Colorado Springs
AC-2: Learning Outcomes

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 6.34 / 8.00
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Has the institution adopted one or more sustainability learning outcomes that apply to the entire student body or, at minimum, to the institution's predominant student body?:

Which of the following best describes the sustainability learning outcomes?:

A list of the institution level sustainability learning outcomes:

The UCCS General Education Goals approved in fall 2010 and implemented in 2014, apply to all undergraduate students and include the following learning outcomes:

"Goal 3) Act and Interact. Students will cultivate self-awareness and understanding of their impact-locally, nationally, and globally. Students will be prepared to participate effectively in a society that encompasses diverse experiences, perspectives, and realities. This area includes [among others]:

Sustainability-understanding the interaction between human development and the natural environment"

In order to achieve the terms of this goal, students will learn about key principles of sustainability including social equity, environmental protection, and economic development, among others. The sustainability GE goal will be achieved by integrating teaching about sustainability within discipline-specific coursework and/or other GE components, or in general elective courses.

Integrated content and/or courses will vary across disciplines and will examine the integrative nature of the sustainability concept to their disciplinary work. Ideally, students will gain knowledge about how to promote sustainability in their place of employment (e.g. support diversity, environmental activities such as recycling, reduction of waste, etc.).

Total number of graduates from degree programs:

Number of graduates from degree programs that require an understanding of the concept of sustainability:

A brief description of how the figure above was determined:

The above number for total number of graduates from degree programs has been calculated by using the five programs identified in AC 3 – Undergraduate Programs and AC 4 - Graduate Programs, then pulling data from IPEDS for graduates from each program. For the Sustainability Minor and Physics - Energy Science Concentration, we worked with the Office of Institutional Research to pull specific data on those programs.

The above number of graduates from degree programs have been calculated by pulling FY19 Completion IPEDS data.
This includes:
- Bachelors, 1,774
- Postbaccalaureate certificate, 51
- Master's, Post-master's, 506
- Post-Master's certificates, 5
- Doctor's degree - research/scholarship, 30
- Doctor's degree - professional practice, 10
Total: 2,376


A list of degree programs that require an understanding of the concept of sustainability:

Geography & Environmental Studies (72 graduates)
Sustainability Minor (8 graduates)
Women’s & Ethnic Studies (WEST) (5 graduates)
Physics – Energy Science Concentration (4 graduates)

Masters of Arts in Applied Geography (6 graduates)
Master of Sciences in Sport Nutrition (5 graduates)

Documentation supporting the figure reported above (upload):

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

Percentage of students who graduate from programs that require an understanding of the concept of sustainability:

Website URL where information about the sustainability learning outcomes is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:

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