Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 74.42
Liaison Mary-Lee Townsend
Submission Date Feb. 1, 2018
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STARS v2.1

Western University
AC-2: Learning Outcomes

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 6.65 / 8.00 Connor Donald
Sustainability Coordinator
Facilities Management
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Total number of graduates from degree programs (i.e. majors, minors, concentrations, certificates, and other academic designations):

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

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

Do the figures reported above cover one, two, or three academic years?:

Does the institution specify sustainability learning outcomes at the institution level (e.g. covering all students)?:

Does the institution specify sustainability learning outcomes at the division level (e.g. covering particular schools or colleges within the institution)?:

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


Western University officially adopted the Western Degree outcomes in May 2016. These are locally developed, institution-specific learning outcomes that will act in place of the Ontario-wide Undergraduate Degree- Level Expectations, commonly referred to as UDLEs. These Degree outcomes will serve as a shared language of achievement and skills that any Western undergraduate—regardless of disciplines or degree—might use to describe the result of their years of study to a variety of audiences. They will provide faculty and students with a common language of academic development and application. It is hoped that today’s WDOs will provide inspiration as well as guidance for program and course-level curricular engagement and innovation in the years to come.

5. Global and Community Engagement

Western graduates will be able to interact ethically and compassionately with others and with the natural and social world. Western graduates will be ready to act locally and imagine globally; practice perspective taking and empathy; understand the interconnectedness of the world as expressed through technology, culture, belief systems, economics, and politics; to understand and to exercise social, political and environmental responsibility both at home and abroad.

Does the institution specify sustainability learning outcomes at the program level (i.e. majors, minors, concentrations, degrees, diplomas, certificates, and other academic designations)?:

A list or brief description of the program level sustainability learning outcomes (or a list of sustainability-focused programs):

Some programs at Western have specific learning outcomes focusing on sustainability. Some examples include:

Bachelor of Medical Sciences (Global and Community Engagement):

Upon successful completion of the BMSc program, students will be able to or have:
- Identify influences that are acting on education, economy, politics, society, the health system, and environment in the world around them.
- Gained an understanding and appreciation for different points of view; different cultures; and different beliefs, attitudes and values. 

- Recognize the human impact on the environment and its consequences and be able to make informed decisions related to the environment. 

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)?:

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

The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:

The graduates (2016 - Constituent) were composed of:.

Masters and PhD - 2,581
Undergrad. Degree - 5,358

Only undergrad students were considered as having graduated with sustainability learning outcomes, as the Western Degree outcomes are geared specifically toward undergraduate education

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