Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 70.12
Liaison Amir Nadav
Submission Date March 5, 2021

STARS v2.2

University of St. Thomas
AC-2: Learning Outcomes

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.05 / 8.00 Elise Amel
Faculty Director
Office of Sustainability Initiatives
"---" indicates that no data was submitted for this field

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:

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 total number of graduates was obtained through Institutional Data & Reporting. Numbers of students graduating from each program were provided by individual departments based on their annual reports to the Provost. Learning Outcomes were provided by departments. Program objectives were located on webpages. Required courses are included in the AC-1 course inventory. Figures are based on graduates from a combined total of two academic years: 2018/19 and 2019/20. Documentation of learning outcomes for each qualified degree program appears in the inventory spreadsheet below.

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

During the reporting period, the following programs at the University of St. Thomas required an understanding of the concept of sustainability.

- Biology BS & BA
- Biology of Global Health
- Biochemistry BS
- Neuroscience
- Public Health
- Dougherty Family College
- School of Engineering Majors-Mechanical, Electrical & Computer, Civil
- Environmental Science Degree
- Environmental Studies Degree
- Justice & Peace Majors & Minors
- Peace Engineering
- School of Social Work Majors
- Sustainability Minor

- Power Systems Certificate
- Master of Arts in English
- Master of Social Work
- Strategic Risk & Responsibility Certificate

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:

The University of St. Thomas has several curricular innovations in the works that will eventually ensure that all undergraduates will be touched by sustainability learning objectives as soon as they begin studying at St. Thomas.

In late 2018, the University approved a new core curriculum for all undergraduates which includes a required First-Year Experience course. Foundations for College Success is a one-credit seminar course that educates our students about university academic and social expectations, values, and resources. This program will help ensure that all students, regardless of their incoming social and cultural capital, will start on more equal footing in preparation for academic success at St. Thomas. The course is comprised of 14 learning modules, including sustainability as one of the modules. The sustainability module learning objectives are as follows. By the end of the module, students should be able to:
· Define key sustainability terminology and concepts
· Identify key elements of the University’s Sustainability Strategic Plan
· Give examples of ways to engage in sustainable practices on campus
· Identify their core values that intersect with the principles of sustainability
· Practice sustainability through participation in sustainable actions on campus.

Thus far, N=1970 students have completed the FYE course. This number includes all first year students from the Fall 2020 cohort plus 477 students who opted into the new curriculum during the Spring 2020 term. Additional information about the new undergraduate core curriculum: https://www.stthomas.edu/core-curriculum/first-year-experience/index.html

The College of Business and the College of Arts and Sciences are jointly beginning an undergraduate certificate in Risk Management & Insurance this Spring 2021. The capstone course for that program will include coverage of sustainability and global risks. That course is FINC 402: Advanced Topics in Risk Management and Insurance.

Within the Master of Divinity Rural Ministry program, all students take DVPT 625 Rural Ministry Practicum. This practicum includes a focus on “integral ecology” during which they complete a comprehensive workbook.

The Master of Science in Electrical Engineering offers two concentrations that require completion of sustainability-focused courses. The concentrations are (a) power systems and (b) smart grid & electric vehicles. Additional information is available at https://www.stthomas.edu/engineering/graduate/masters/msee/

The information presented here is self-reported. While AASHE staff review portions of all STARS reports and institutions are welcome to seek additional forms of review, the data in STARS reports are not verified by AASHE. If you believe any of this information is erroneous or inconsistent with credit criteria, please review the process for inquiring about the information reported by an institution or simply email your inquiry to stars@aashe.org.