Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 52.43
Liaison Wesley Enterline
Submission Date Nov. 13, 2018
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University of Wisconsin-Whitewater
AC-2: Learning Outcomes

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 6.73 / 8.00 Jonah Ralston
Faculty Sustainability Fellow
Political Science
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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:

University of Wisconsin-Whitewater General Education Learning Outcomes (Effective Spring 2016)

Personal and Civic Responsibility: This learning outcome refers to skills and knowledge that help students take their place in a multi-cultural and always-changing world. In order to become informed, engaged, reflective, and responsible citizens, students need to engage with a range of ethical questions, from social issues to environmental concerns.

Students will demonstrate their personal and civic responsibility through:

a. Self-awareness
I. Recognize and examine their own values, perspectives, and biases
II. Understand their own roles and responsibilities as members of multiple diverse communities
III. Understand the impact of their own actions on the community, the environment, and the world

b. Understanding of others
I. Understand the cultures and diversity of the United States and other countries, both historical and contemporary
II. Recognize the existence and impact of discrepancies in power, privilege, and access between individuals, groups, and societies
III. Articulate and respect the multiple perspectives that arise from differing experiences

c. Responsible action
I. Interact effectively and conscientiously with diverse people in diverse contexts including in campus, professional, and community settings
II. Make informed ethical decisions that respect the social and environmental contexts

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):

- Recognize the vulnerability of natural resources to human activity and the need to nurture and manage them in a way that provides opportunity for sustainable development without compromising their long-term abundance and renewability
- Recognize threats to natural resources from human activity, how humans are making themselves more vulnerable to threats from environmental hazards, and potential solutions to alleviate both types of threats
- Understand the scientific method and the basic principles of ecology at the population, community, and ecosystem levels

Integrate geography with personal and social responsibility by applying geographic principles, knowledge, and skills to:
- Understand how geographic concepts and techniques can inform local to global policies and actions related to natural hazards, land use, human rights, and environmental change; and
- Think relationally about intertwined concepts such as community and economy, society and environment, and citizenship and globalization.

Integrative and Applied Learning:
- Students will be able to integrate scientific and business information for effective analysis of business problems relevant to water resources and how to solve them

- Students graduating from the program shall demonstrate the entry-level knowledge of physical, social, cultural, and environmental aspects of health and safety, and be able to demonstrate entry-level knowledge of characteristics, activities, and strategies leading to active and healthy lifestyles
- Implement strategies to help students demonstrate responsible personal and social behaviors in a productive learning 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:

Data is for the 2016-17 academic year, which can be accessed from https://www.uww.edu/irp/dashboards.

The implementation of new general education learning outcomes that include sustainability accounts for the significant increase in scoring compared to 2015 submission results. All undergraduate students must complete the general education requirements to graduate. A description of the university's general education goals and learning outcomes is available at the following website: https://www.uww.edu/gened/goals-outcomes.

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