Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 66.97
Liaison Teddy Lhoutellier
Submission Date March 13, 2019
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University of Miami
AC-2: Learning Outcomes

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.20 / 8.00 Teddy Lhoutellier
Sustainability Manager
Environmental Health and Safety
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Total number of graduates from degree programs (i.e. majors, minors, concentrations, certificates, and other academic designations):
4011

Number of students that graduate from programs that have adopted at least one sustainability learning outcome:
602

Percentage of students who graduate from programs that have adopted at least one sustainability learning outcome:
15.01

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)?:
Yes

A list or brief description of the institution level or division level sustainability learning outcomes:

COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING
College of Engineering undergraduate program learning outcomes:
Students who qualify for graduation in the architectural, civil and environmental engineering program will have demonstrated the following: [...] An ability to function on multi-disciplinary 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.

CENTER FOR ECOSYSTEM SCIENCE AND POLICY
The ECS program provides students with a broad background in environmental issues from a variety of perspectives, along with in-depth education in an area of specialization. The ECS major offers a series of problem-based learning courses, culminating in a capstone course in the senior year. Courses emphasize integration of science and policy approaches to real-world environmental issues. This preparation gives students both the theoretical background and technical skills to pursue environmental careers in, teaching and research, as well as for careers in government and private industries concerned with the environment


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):

ECOSYSTEM SCIENCE AND POLICY
The ECS program provides students with a broad background in environmental issues from a variety of perspectives, along with in-depth education in an area of specialization. The ECS major offers a series of problem-based learning courses, culminating in a capstone course in the senior year. Courses emphasize integration of science and policy approaches to real-world environmental issues. This preparation gives students both the theoretical background and technical skills to pursue environmental careers in, teaching and research, as well as for careers in government and private industries concerned with the environment.

ECS- Undergraduate Sustainability Certificate:
To equip students with knowledge and skills for implementing positive change through environmentally responsible practices in various fields; to serve as a curricular adjunct to sustainable initiatives at UM; to foster a culture of conservation at the University; to enhance students’ preparation for a variety of careers, including engineering, architecture, business, marketing, government, and more; and to affirm UM’s commitment to sustainability and complement its efforts to enhance environmental education.

DPT of GEOGRAPHY AND REGIONAL STUDIES
The Department of Geography and Regional Studies emphasizes the study of human-environment interactions, health and medical geography, and globalization and urban change by applying the latest techniques in geospatial technology, including geographic information systems (GIS), remote sensing (RS), and spatial statistics. We offer BA, BS, and MA degrees, and our Graduate Certificate Program in Geospatial Technology is open to both current and non-UM students. Our programs provide an interdisciplinary education with marketable skills for the public and private sectors. Please follow us on social media and explore all things spatial at the "U."‌

URBAN STUDIES
Historically, cities have functioned as the cradle of civilization. Modern politics, economies, and cultures, are all shaped in urban environments. In today’s world, the majority of people live in cities and their importance continues to grow. But cities also present us with great challenges such as sustainable growth, governance, and civil relations. Standard topics in the field of Urban Studies include the historical emergence of cities, urban forms, urban ecology, the city as incubator of innovations, global urban networks, local urban government, and urban management.

LATIN AMERICAN STUDIES
The Latin American Studies Program at the University of Miami takes an interdisciplinary approach to the study of the politics, economics, cultures, and societies of Latin America and the Caribbean. Courses in the program are offered in departments from every school and college at the University of Miami, and the program's faculty research topics ranging from development economics to immigrant health care, from indigenous music to Caribbean colonial literature, from the archaeology of the region's earliest people to present-day questions of resource conservation and management. Our students become true experts who can speak to a wide range of issues confronting Latin America; experts who can contribute proactively to development and cooperation as well as to business and political analysis in ways that their peers with a more traditional disciplinary focus simply cannot.

MARITIME LAW
This area is for students interested in learning about the laws governing scarce ocean resources along with their implementation in a global context, and for those attracted to the pursuit of career paths in public international law of the sea or who plan to work with a public agency. Courses in this area focus on the rules, agreements, and institutions, both nationally and internationally, that regulate the use and management of navigable waters.
Marine & Environmental Law and Policy - Students interested in understanding the competing interests of development and the protection of the marine and coastal ecosystems should consider this area. The Maritime Law curriculum provides excellent preparation for policy-making, practicing, and teaching in the environmental law field.

J.D./Ph.D. ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE AND POLICY (UM LAW SCHOOL)
This program enables students with strong interests in both environmental policy and law to prepare for careers in either the private or public sector in a shorter amount of time than if pursuing both degrees separately.

As an intensive program, it provides high-level knowledge and research experience and is especially suited to those seeking to:

Implement and impact environmental policy and regulation at the state or national levels
Engage in cutting-edge research related to environmental policy in an academic setting
Serve as environmental legal consultants or litigators
Work with international agencies, governments, or organizations
Gain expertise in environmental science for those with the desire to go into environmental law
Understand legal fundamentals in order to work on marine conservation and coastal conservation issues, and need to understand some legal fundamentals in order to formulate policy recommendations for these regimes.


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)?:
Yes

A list or brief description of the course level sustainability learning outcomes and the programs for which the courses are required:

Examples:

UNDERGRADUATE

School of Architecture
ARC 223 - Required course for completion of program
Architecture and the environment
Learning Outcome : The primary intellectual goal of the studio is the development of student understanding of architecture and its relationship to the natural environment. Students work directly with the fundamental site issues in order to understand basic relationships of the natural and built world. Students acquire knowledge of siting principles along with the skills and tools to document, analyze and design a building site and the building itself.

College of Arts and Science:

Geological Science Dpt
GSC 102(3 credits) - Evolution of the Biosphere Required for completion of program
Learning Outcome: With focus on natural geological processes and events, course focuses on the disruptions in earth's environments which set back or initiate evolution of life on Earth. From this foundation, students can better assess meaningful sustainability goals to significantly minimize climate change stresses on Earth.

GSC 111(4)- Earth System History Required for completion of program
Learning Outcome: With focus on natural geological processes and events, course focuses on the disruptions in earth's environments which set back or initiate evolution of life on Earth. From this foundation, students can better assess meaningful sustainability goals to significantly minimize climate change stresses on Earth. GSC 111 focuses especially on controls on the history and evolution of life on Earth. Course designed for science majors.

GRADUATE
Rosenstiel School of Atmospheric and Marine Sciences:

Marine Affairs and Policy
MAF 520(3) - Environmental Law - Required for completion of program
An introductory course focusing on environmental problems. The study of Regulatory legislation, common law, and administrative law. Topics include toxic substances, air and water pollution, and habitat and species protection.


Marine Science Dpt
MSC 220(3) Climate and Global Change - Required for completion of program
Learning Outcome: The Earth's climate system and the role of natural and anthropogenic processes in shaping climate change.

General
RSM 520(3)- Climate and Society - Required for completion of program
Learning Outcome: This course is designed to provide students from different disciplinary backgrounds with an overview of physical processes, general concepts and policy debates surrounding climate issues.




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