Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 55.50
Liaison Cora Kenfield
Submission Date July 22, 2014
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Vassar College
AC-5: Immersive Experience

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Alistair Hall
Sustainability Assistant
Dean of Strategic Planning
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Does the institution offer at least one immersive, sustainability-focused educational study program that meets the criteria for this credit?:

A brief description of the sustainability-focused immersive program(s) offered by the institution:

The Multidisciplinary Learning-Living Community is an opportunity for students to engage in a focused, semester-long exploration of food, from science to political and social implications of our farming systems. About 15-20 students enroll in the same set of classes and live together in cooperative housing. Central questions concern social and anthropological roles of food in culture, the biological origins of the plants and animals we depend on, the physical geography that underlies our farming systems, and the ways modern farming is changing our soil and water resources.

For Study Abroad, students may study sustainability issues in any number of approved JYA programs. Our students have enrolled in SFS-School for Field Studies and SIT programs in Australia/Africa or directly to universities such as U of Melbourne where they take courses in sustainability.

The website URL where information about the immersive program(s) is available:
Data source(s) and notes about the submission:

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