Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 53.22
Liaison Jay Price
Submission Date March 3, 2023

STARS v2.2

University of Tennessee at Knoxville
AC-2: Learning Outcomes

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Complete 0.70 / 8.00 Daniel Covington
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Facilities Services
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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?:
No

Which of the following best describes the sustainability learning outcomes?:
Sustainability-supportive

A list of the institution level sustainability learning outcomes:
Academic departments and colleges are required to adopt learning outcomes for each of the degrees they provide. These are learning outcomes are handeled at the program level, rather than at the institution level. Please see the attached four-part document for a detailed list of learning outcomes in individual departments, a simple list of departments, and two lists that show the number of individual students who have been impacted by sustainbility learning outcomes via course enrollemtn.

Total number of graduates from degree programs:
7,849

Number of graduates from degree programs that require an understanding of the concept of sustainability:
688

A brief description of how the figure above was determined:
The number above is the total number of graduates that were part of a program that had courses offered that related to the UN's SDGs or whose course descriptions contained keywords that indicated that they were sustainability focused or inclusive.

A list of degree programs that require an understanding of the concept of sustainability:
The University asks that academic units have student learning outcomes for each of the degree programs. The FY 2018 list was sorted to determine which programs provide sustainability learning outcomes. See attached document for a complete detailed list containing UT programs and their sustainability learning outcomes. Listed below are a few examples:

Natural Resource & Environmental Economics:
Students can explain and illustrate economic concepts and principles related to the market system's role in allocating society's resources to and within the food and fiber system.
Students can explain and illustrate economic concepts and principles related to decision-making by consumers and producers with regard to agricultural commodities, food products, and natural resources.
Students can explain how environmental externalities, public goods, and scarce natural resources cause market failure, identify the effects of market failure on social welfare, and explain how various policy tools can be used to address these effects.
Students can use economic logic and quantitative data to analyze problems and identify solutions related to the food and fiber system, the natural resource base, and environmental quality.



Interdisciplinary Programs- Sustainability Major:
Gain an understanding of social and physical systems and their interrelationships, and be able to predict, access, and analyze the effects of human activities on those systems.
Explore and critically analyze the environmental, social, and economic dimensions of sustainability.
Evaluate and reflect on sustainability theories at local, regional, and global scales.
Engage in and explore methodologies used to research and analyze sustainability issues, and evaluate solutions to sustainability issues.
Participate in activities that explore career opportunities in sustainability and sustainability-related fields.

Urban Design:
Selective Skills Acquisition: Learning of new techniques and methodologies specific to issues of urban design and development that can be directly applied to the advancement of long-term sustainable urban design practice upon completion of the certificate
Interdisciplinary Knowledge: Learning about new developments in the discipline and profession specific to urban design and sustainable urban development in practice, and to place techniques and methodologies into a larger context.
Intra-disciplinary Knowledge: Learning about developments in the discipline and profession specific to issues of urban design practice as indexed across a range of related disciplines and professions.

Documentation supporting the figure reported above (upload):
Do the figures reported above cover one, two, or three academic years?:
One

Percentage of students who graduate from programs that require an understanding of the concept of sustainability:
8.77

Website URL where information about the sustainability learning outcomes is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
Data source(s) and notes about the submission:
The number of students that have graduated during the FY21 (Summer, Fall, and Spring) is based on how many students graduated with each major. This figure may be larger than the actual value as it does not account for students that pursued more than one major.

Data regarding the number of students that graduated in each program each year is reported publicly in UTK's Fact Book. The data that was used for this submission can be accessed using the following link: http://irsa.utk.edu/wp-content/uploads/sites/107/2022/11/2022-23_Five-Year-Trend-of-Degrees-Awarded-by-Major.pdf.

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