Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 65.06
Liaison Andrea Trimble
Submission Date May 29, 2015
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University of Virginia
AC-2: Learning Outcomes

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.86 / 8.00 Carla Jones
Lecturer & Program Director, Center for Design and Health
Dean's Office, School of Architecture
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Number of students who graduated from a program that has adopted at least one sustainability learning outcome:

Total number of graduates from degree programs:

A copy of the list or inventory of degree, diploma or certificate programs that have sustainability learning outcomes:
A list of degree, diploma or certificate programs that have sustainability learning outcomes:

Global Studies - Environments + Sustainability Major, Global Studies - Global Development Studies Major, Global Studies - Global Public Health Major, Environmental Thought & Practice Major, Sustainability Minor, Urban and Environmental Planning Major (Undergraduate and Graduate), Architecture Major (Undergraduate and Graduate), Landscape Architecture Major (Graduate), Civil and Environmental Planning Major (Undergraduate, Graduate), Master of Business Administration - Sustainability Concentration (Graduate), Environmental Sciences (Undergraduate and Graduate), Systems Engineering (Undergraduate and Graduate), Human Biology (Undergraduate), Chemical Engineering (Undergraduate and Graduate)

A list or sample of the sustainability learning outcomes associated with degree, diploma or certificate programs (if not included in an inventory above):


Global Studies - Environments + Sustainability Major
The program prepares students to understand, innovate, and lead efforts to sustainably transform the physical environment.

Master of Architecture
Among the learning outcomes of the professional degree is:
Develop the next generation of civic and professional leaders through...Ecologically and culturally sustainable practices as a foundation for design.

Global Development Studies Major
An interdisciplinary undergraduate major
An interdisciplinary major with a focus on social justice, sustainable economic development, public health, global interconnection, and public service.

Environmental Thought & Practice
Undergraduate Interdisciplinary Major
"The objective of the Environmental Thought and Practice program is to produce students who can:
1. comprehend and think critically about scientific information, economic analysis, and the various ethical constructs that enter into environmental decisions; and,
2. appreciate how political and social context, historical events, and cultural expectations shape the way we perceive and solve environmental problems."

Sustainability Minor
Undergraduate Minor Program
The foundation course for the Sustainability Minor is the Global Sustainability course, which has the following learning goals:
-Understand a broad range of resource and environmental constraints on the quality of human lives.
-Be able to identify a local problem related to sustainability, identify the key stakeholders and their roles and needs, articulate a vision to address that problem, develop project objectives, design a plan to achieve the objectives, and marshall the resources to execute the plan.
-Develop a commitment to bringing about sustainable change.

Urban and Environmental Planning
Planning Program Description:
"One of the distinctive features of the program is a strong concern for community sustainability. While the topic is addressed in specific courses with that title, the concept of sustainability provides an underlying framework throughout the curriculum...we are as much concerned with the economy and issues of equity as we are with the environment, and find it more useful to emphasize linkages than distinctions."

Civil and Environmental Engineering
"Civil and Environmental Engineering is centered on two main program areas: environmental and water resources engineering and civil infrastructure systems. Incorporating elements of sustainability, each program area features adaptive design with a strong focus on the incorporation of information technology. Civil infrastructure systems, including both the natural environment and built systems to support basic human needs, serve as the very underpinning of society. Improvements in civil infrastructure result in improved human health and quality of life."

Global Studies - Global Public Health
To foster the capacity to understand and address the complex cultural, social, political, economic, and environmental conditions and pathways that affect health, health care access, and quality of life around the world; to increase knowledge about the causes and distribution of global health burdens; and to catalyze innovative approaches for improving the health of populations and achieving health equity.

Environmental Sciences
Environmental Sciences is an interdisciplinary field focusing on the interactions between processes that shape our natural environment. The Department of Environmental Sciences conducts research and offers instruction in the areas of Ecology, Geoscience, Hydrology, and Atmospheric Science. This unique integration of various Earth sciences and ecology within a single, academic department offers majors an opportunity to understand scientific processes and problems related to the environment. The research efforts of both faculty and students, whether disciplinary or interdisciplinary, address problems of fundamental scientific interest.

Chemical Engineering:
...Competent to carry out process design functions that require not only technical expertise but also interdisciplinary contributions, knowledge of contemporary industrial practice, and an awareness of economic, environmental, and ethical considerations.

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