Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 59.65
Liaison Mark Klapatch-Mathias
Submission Date Feb. 26, 2016
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University of Wisconsin-River Falls
AC-10: Support for Research

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 4.00 / 4.00 Lissa Schneider-Rebozo
Provost and Vice-Chancellor
Academic Affairs
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Does the institution have a program to encourage student sustainability research that meets the criteria for this credit?:
Yes

A brief description of the institution’s program(s) to encourage student research in sustainability:

The Sustainable Community Development Masters Degree Program requires all graduating students to complete an original published thesis, and original unpublished research paper, or comprehensive, applied community project including research aspects.

The St. Croix Institute for Sustainable Community Development (SCISCD) utilizes graduate and undergraduate research fellows to perform a variety of research.
The SCISCD has initiated a Sustainability Incubator and research program funded as a Strategic Plan Initiative that examines potential impacts of sustainability projects on the local community. The program pairs students with faculty researchers and provides stipends and logistical support.

The URSCA Course Redesign grant is to support tenure line faculty and IAS who are interested in developing an undergraduate research component in an existing course. It is not related to sustainability per se, although sustainability research would be appropriate. What is required is that the infused research project is itself sustainable—I.e. That the research component will be ongoing—sustainable through future iterations of the revised course.


The website URL where information about the student research program is available:
Does the institution have a program to encourage faculty sustainability research that meets the criteria for this credit?:
Yes

A brief description of the institution’s program(s) to encourage faculty research in sustainability:

Sustainability is an underpinning theme in the University's Strategic Plan. A number of faculty are engaged in research projects. The annual Curriculum Workshop has done a great deal to foster research individually as well as between faculty. Fifty-one faculty have engaged in the workshop as of Spring 2015.


The website URL where information about the faculty research program is available:
Has the institution formally adopted policies and procedures that give positive recognition to interdisciplinary, transdisciplinary, and multidisciplinary research during faculty promotion and/or tenure decisions?:
Yes

A brief description or the text of the institution’s policy regarding interdisciplinary research:

From the UWRF Faculty and Academic Staff Handbook, 2011 Version, Chapter 4:
4.3.2.1c2 Core Criteria for Recommendation; Professional involvement and accomplishments:
Professional involvement and accomplishments in research/scholarly/creative activity may include, but are not limited to, student-faculty or faculty research/scholarly/creative activity involving traditional discipline-related activity or the scholarship of teaching and learning, publications, presentations to professional organizations,grants applied for, grants received, exhibitions of works of art, performances, video productions, software production, participation in scholarly/scientific meetings and related activities.
4.4.4.5.3b Qualifications for Promotion;Contribution to the University:
Research/Scholarly/Creative Activity: may include, but is not limited to, student-faculty or faculty research/scholarly/creative activity involving traditional discipline-related activity or the scholarship of teaching and learning, publications, presentations to professional organizations, grants applied for, grants received, exhibitions of works of art, performances, participation in scholarly/scientific meetings, and related activities. [FS 02/03 #11]


The website URL where information about the treatment of interdisciplinary research is available:
Does the institution provide ongoing library support for sustainability research and learning that meets the criteria for this credit?:
Yes

A brief description of the institution's library support for sustainability research and learning:

The library purchases a wide variety of print and electronic materials to support sustainability research. The journals and databases that the library purchases to support this area are described in detail on two research guides that library staff maintain:

Sustainable Management Resources
http://libguides.uwrf.edu/sustainablemanagement2
Use the tab labeled "Sustainable Management Journals Overview" to access the many databases that the library subscribes to that support sustainability research. These databases provide access to thousands of journals relevant for sustainability research.

Environmental and Pollution Science
http://libguides.uwrf.edu/environment
Use the tab labeled "Journal Article Databases" to view the many databases the library provides related to environmental and pollution science.

Library Discovery Tool
The library provides access to a discovery tool called Search@UW. This tool searches millions of journal articles; the UW-River Falls Library Catalog and the catalogs of all of the doctoral, 4-year, and 2-year campuses in the UW-System; and the digital materials available in the University of Wisconsin Digital Collections Center and the MINDS@UW institutional repository. This search tool offers comprehensive access to a large number of books, journals, audiovisual materials, and digital content dealing with sustainability via an intuitive single search box. Detailed information about Search@UW is available at URL: URL: http://libguides.uwrf.edu/newsearchtool.

Print and Electronic Books:
The library purchases many print and electronic books dealing with sustainability research, since sustainability is a curricular and research focus at UWRF. The library is also a federal and state government documents depository, selecting a number of materials from government agencies to support our sustainability curriculum. Follow the links below to execute searches in Search@UW in the Books and Media@UWRF scope for books on various aspects of sustainability. Please note that you may view search results from off-campus, but you must be logged on as a registered UWRF user to view online full-text books and articles.

Sustainable development
http://uw-primo.hosted.exlibrisgroup.com/primo_library/libweb/action/search.do?fn=search&ct=search&initialSearch=true&mode=Basic&tab=default_tab&indx=1&dum=true&srt=rank&vid=RF&frbg=&vl%28freeText0%29=%22sustainable+development%22&scp.scps=scope%3A%28RF%29

Sustainability
http://uw-primo.hosted.exlibrisgroup.com/primo_library/libweb/action/search.do?fn=search&ct=search&initialSearch=true&mode=Basic&tab=default_tab&indx=1&dum=true&srt=rank&vid=RF&frbg=&vl%28freeText0%29=sustainability&scp.scps=scope%3A%28RF%29

Conservation
http://uw-primo.hosted.exlibrisgroup.com/primo_library/libweb/action/search.do?fn=search&ct=search&initialSearch=true&mode=Basic&tab=default_tab&indx=1&dum=true&srt=rank&vid=RF&frbg=&vl%28freeText0%29=conservation&scp.scps=scope%3A%28RF%29

Environmentalism
http://uw-primo.hosted.exlibrisgroup.com/primo_library/libweb/action/search.do?fn=search&ct=search&initialSearch=true&mode=Basic&tab=default_tab&indx=1&dum=true&srt=rank&vid=RF&frbg=&vl%28freeText0%29=environmentalism&scp.scps=scope%3A%28RF%29

Environmental policy
http://uw-primo.hosted.exlibrisgroup.com/primo_library/libweb/action/search.do?fn=search&ct=search&initialSearch=true&mode=Basic&tab=default_tab&indx=1&dum=true&srt=rank&vid=RF&frbg=&vl%28freeText0%29=%22environmental+policy%22&scp.scps=scope%3A%28RF%29

Information Literacy
Reference librarians meet frequently with classes to introduce students to library research. Any faculty member whose course assignments require the use of library resources, or whose students may be new to the campus or to the research process, is encouraged to schedule a library instruction session. Librarians will provide instruction in developing information literacy skills and applying library research strategies, including the use of basic or specialized research tools in all formats. Librarians meet with approximately 150 classes each year, including classes that include sustainability as a curricular focus.

Library Liaisons
A librarian is appointed to serve as a library liaison to each academic department on campus. Through their outreach work, liaisons determine how the library can most effectively support the work of our faculty, staff, and students. They keep their constituencies up-to-date in regard to new resources and services, provide one-on-one consultation to faculty and staff in their assigned departments, offer to meet periodically with their departments, and facilitate library instructional sessions tailored to the specific needs of their departments.

Librarians work with faculty in their assigned departments to obtain relevant materials for the library's collections. They facilitate, review and place orders for library materials that support the curriculum and assess the collection in their assigned subject areas to keep it up-to-date and relevant to the curriculum.


The website URL where information about the institution's library support for sustainability is available:

Additional Responsible Parties:
Lissa Schneider-Rebozo -URSCA
Valerie Malzacher - Library Director

Although the Sustainable Community Development Masters Degree Program is currently undergoing redevelopment and not accepting new students (2014 and 2015), 8 graduate students were enrolled for the 2013 performance year.

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