Overall Rating Platinum
Overall Score 86.01
Liaison Patrick McKee
Submission Date March 6, 2020
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

University of Connecticut
IN-24: Innovation A

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Richard Miller
Ofice of Environmental Policy
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Name or title of the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome:
Environmental Gen Ed Requirement

A brief description of the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome that outlines how credit criteria are met and any positive measurable outcomes associated with the innovation:

In 2019, the University of Connecticut launched a new environmental literacy general educational requirement that ensures students graduate having taken at least one three-credit course anchored to environmental topics. UConn is one of the first public universities to adopt such a requirement.

A long-sought goal for a passionate group of students and faculty members, the environmental literacy component bolsters the university’s position as a leading institution of higher learning committed to sustainability and environmentalism.

The University’s new Environmental Literacy general education requirement took effect in the 2019-20 catalog, meaning that all students admitted in Fall 2019 and some continuing students will be required to pass at least one three-credit Environmental Literacy course.

These courses can be identified by the letter E in the course number (for example, EEB 2100E). However, based on the policy set by the General Education Oversight Committee, all “E” courses will count toward the Environmental Literacy requirement, regardless of when the course was taken or whether there is an “E” in the course number at the time the student passed the course. A course does not have to appear on a student’s transcript with an “E” in the number in order to count toward this requirement; all approved E courses have been added to the Academic Advisement Report in the Student Administration System and will appear there as students plan their studies.


Which of the following impact areas does the innovation most closely relate to? (select up to three):
Campus Engagement

A letter of affirmation from an individual with relevant expertise or a press release or publication featuring the innovation :

The website URL where information about the innovation is available :
Additional documentation to support the submission:

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