Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 65.48
Liaison Amy Brunvand
Submission Date Oct. 21, 2020

STARS v2.2

University of Utah
AC-2: Learning Outcomes

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 4.91 / 8.00 Adrienne Cachelin
Associate Director, Global Change and Sustainability Center
Environmental & Sustainability Studies
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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?:

Which of the following best describes the sustainability learning outcomes?:

A list of the institution level sustainability learning outcomes:

General Education and Bachelor Degree Requirement Learning Outcomes
A) Knowledge of Human Cultures and the Physical and Natural World
B) Intellectual and Practical Skills
C) Personal and Social Responsibility, including:
--Civic engagement (local and global)
--Intercultural knowledge and competence
--Ethical reasoning
--Foundations and skills for lifelong learning
D) Integrative Learning
URL: https://ugs.utah.edu/general-education/learning-outcomes.php

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:

Count of graduates includes graduates from degree programs that match the following criteria:
1. Sustainability-focused Undergraduate degree programs identified in AC-3
2. Sustainability-focused graduate degree programs identified in AC-4
3. Degree programs with at least one required course that has a Sustainability Complete (SUSC) course attribute defined as: course content that identifies and describes the relationship between the course topic, equity, economy, and environmental dimensions. To apply for a SUSC course attribute, instructors submit a syllabus that is reviewed by a committee for sustainability content.
4. Degree programs with sustainability language in published learning outcomes.

Undercounted areas:
Undergraduate degrees in Geography and Political Science have sustainability emphasis areas, as noted in AC-3. Because available statistics do not distinguish degrees-granted according to emphasis areas, students in these departments were not counted as graduates of sustainability-focused programs.

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

An inventory of undergraduate and graduate degrees granted in 2018-19 that require an understanding of sustainability is attached.

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:


OBIA Data on graduation and degrees awarded from the University of Utah
URL: http://www.obia.utah.edu/

Total degrees 2018-19 = 8268
=Bachelors (5236) + Masters (2197) + Doctorate (835)

Requires understanding of Sustainabiltiy
2018-19 graduates from programs with sustainability-focuses Learning = 3130
=Undergrad (2637) + Masters (460) + PhD (33)

General Catalog
URL: https://catalog.utah.edu/#/home
Learning outcomes are listed with each degree program.

Office of Undergraduate Studies, Learning Outcomes Assessment
URL: https://ugs.utah.edu/learning-outcomes-assessment/

General Education and Bachelor Degree Requirement Learning Outcomes
URL: https://ugs.utah.edu/general-education/learning-outcomes.php
Describes Essential Learning Outcomes defined by USHE.

Program level learning outcomes are displayed in the General Catalog under program descriptions.
URL: https://learningoutcomes.utah.edu/

Part I

Undergraduate students are the predominant student body.
--75% Undergraduate
--25% Graduate

USHE Essential Learning Outcomes
"R470, General Education, Common Course Numbering, Lower-Division Pre-Major Requirements, Transfer of Credits, and Credit by Examination."
URL: https://ushe.edu/ushe-policies/r470-general-education-common-course-numbering-lower-division-pre-major-requirements-transfer-of-credits-and-credit-by-examination/

The Utah System of Higher Education (USHE) defines a set of Essential Learning Outcomes for all USHE institutions. While these Essential Learning Outcomes do not specifically use the word "sustainability" they are supportive of sustainability including knowledge of human cultures and the physical and natural world, civic engagement and ethical reasoning, focused by engagement with “big” questions and real-world challenges.

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.