|Submission Date||Feb. 27, 2019|
University of Louisville
AC-2: Learning Outcomes
|1.17 / 8.00||
Assistant to the Provost for Sustainability Initiatives
Office of the Provost
Total number of graduates from degree programs (i.e. majors, minors, concentrations, certificates, and other academic designations):
Number of students that graduate from programs that have adopted at least one sustainability learning outcome:
Percentage of students who graduate from programs that have adopted at least one sustainability learning outcome:
Do the figures reported above cover one, two, or three academic years?:
Does the institution specify sustainability learning outcomes at the institution level (e.g. covering all students)?:
Does the institution specify sustainability learning outcomes at the division level (e.g. covering particular schools or colleges within the institution)?:
A list or brief description of the institution level or division level sustainability learning outcomes:
J.B. Speed School of Engineering
All of the University of Louisville’s engineering programs must demonstrate that their students attain the following Student Outcomes:
- An ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability;
- An ability to function on multidisciplinary teams;
- An understanding of professional and ethical responsibility;
- The broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context
- A recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning
- A knowledge of contemporary issues
All undergraduate and graduate Speed School programs demonstrate that these outcomes are attained through an assessment process documented with the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET.
Does the institution specify sustainability learning outcomes at the program level (i.e. majors, minors, concentrations, degrees, diplomas, certificates, and other academic designations)?:
A list or brief description of the program level sustainability learning outcomes (or a list of sustainability-focused programs):
Students graduating with the B.A. in Sustainability will be able to:
- Understand, conceptualize and analyze sustainability problems and issues in a holistic way;
- Develop a deeper understanding of the basic concepts in sustainability, and the disciplines that can assist with real‐world problem solving;
- Evaluate the role of social institutions and the political, legal, and cultural frameworks for sustainability;
- Acquire methods and techniques to explore and analyze issues that cross disciplinary boundaries;
- Understand ethical perspectives for issues related to sustainability;
- Obtain practical experience through a required sustainability‐related internship
- Develop skills that will facilitate creative, innovative, and workable solutions to sustainability problems
Interdisciplinary Studies: Concentration in Sustainability (MA/MS)
The graduate program in sustainability prepares graduates to achieve the following educational outcomes:
A. Understanding multiple definitions of sustainability as measured through exams and assignments in the required introductory SUST 600 course.
B. Capacity to apply concepts to all parameters of sustainability as measured through performance in core courses, and completion of the master's thesis, capstone project or portfolio.
C. Interdisciplinary capacity to reach consensus as measured through internship, performance in core and elective courses, and completion of master's thesis, capstone project, or portfolio.
D. Ability to evaluate outcomes of policies measured through performance in core and elective courses or inclusion in thesis.
E. Capacity to conduct research as measured through completion of the master's thesis, capstone project or portfolio.
Peace, Justice & Conflict Transformation Certificate
Specific learning objectives for students:
- Demonstrate knowledge and understanding broader than that generally provided within a single department or discipline;
- Demonstrate extended, deepened, and refined skills in critical thinking, research,and writing;
- Demonstrate knowledge among different contexts to underscore the interdependence of thought;
- Demonstrate comprehension of the cross-connections among violence and justice on the micro, meso, and macro levels and to understand tools to increase justice and decrease violence;
- Demonstrate critical thinking elements and standards such as relevance, assumptions, and accuracy;
- Demonstrate ability to undertake a culminating peacebuilding experience that focuses on praxis, the application of theories and examples learned in class. Students will volunteer with an off-campus organization whose mission addresses at least one aspect of peace, justice, or conflict transformation (examples among many include conflict, bullying, violence, social justice);
- Demonstrate strong engagement as human beings and global citizens responsible for the world around them, present and future;
- Demonstrate initial understanding of a vast topic that can be a locus for lifelong learning.
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)?:
A list or brief description of the course level sustainability learning outcomes and the programs for which the courses are required:
Learning Objectives/Outcomes for SUST courses
SUST courses include course-learning objectives concerning the comprehension and application of the following disciplinary/course concepts to sustainability issues.
1) Understand and effectively communicate the concept of sustainability
2) Understand the interconnections among social, economic, and ecological systems
3) Apply sustainability thinking and decision-making to solve current and emerging ecological, environmental, social, and economic crises
4) Develop technical skills or expertise to implement practical solutions to real-world sustainability challenges
5) Integrate ethics and social justice into a framework of sustainability that promotes active citizenship
The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
Speed School Degrees Conferred
BS MEng MS PhD Certificates
2017-2018 445 177 70 30 17
Total = 739
PJCT Certificates conferred 2017-18: 16
SOURCE: PJCT Program Director, Russ Vandenbroucke
Total UofL Degrees Conferred 2017-18
Doctoral Degree Professional Practice: 380
Doctoral Degree Research/Scholarship: 165
Post Baccalaureate Certifcate: 111
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