Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 66.40
Liaison Parker Long
Submission Date Aug. 27, 2021

STARS v2.2

Virginia Commonwealth University
AC-2: Learning Outcomes

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 4.62 / 8.00 Elias Frantz
Sustainability Assistant
VCU Office of Sustainability
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Has the institution adopted one or more sustainability learning outcomes that apply to the entire student body or, at minimum, to the institution's predominant student body?:
No

Which of the following best describes the sustainability learning outcomes?:
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A list of the institution level sustainability learning outcomes:
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Total number of graduates from degree programs:
7,065

Number of graduates from degree programs that require an understanding of the concept of sustainability:
4,080

A brief description of how the figure above was determined:

Total graduates were determined based on the most recent academic academic year with complete graduation data. Data is based on graduates from programs in Fall 2019, Spring 2020, and Summer 2020. Graduates from multiple programs are counted for each program they graduated from.

Programs that required a sustainability-focused course were used to determine the graduates of programs that require an understanding of the concept of sustainability. This was a total of 1,605 graduates.

The total figure also includes the graduates from the College of Humanities and Sciences of 2,475 graduates, which have adopted sustainability-focused learning outcomes for their degree programs.


A list of degree programs that require an understanding of the concept of sustainability:

Require a sustainability-focused course:
Post-baccalaureate certificate in Sustainability Planning
Undergraduate certificate in Sustainable Innovation
Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering
Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering
Bachelor of Science in Environmental Studies
Master of Science in Chemical and Life Science Engineering
Master of Environmental Studies
Master of Science in Environmental Studies
Master of Urban and Regional Planning

The College of Humanities and Sciences has adopted sustainability learning outcomes for their entire school and all degree programs within the college.

The College of Humanities and Sciences sustainability-focused learning outcomes:
- Prepares lifelong learners to participate actively as engaged and responsible citizens
- Propels scientific research and scholarship to improve the human condition, cure and treat diseases, and promote healthy environments
- Grounds us in our history, critically examines our present human condition and empowers students to create more equitable local and global communities

College of Humanities and Sciences degree programs:
Bachelor of Science in Anthropology
Bachelor of Arts in French
Bachelor of Arts in German
Bachelor of Arts in Spanish
Bachelor of Arts in International Studies
Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies
Bachelor of Science in Mass Communications
Master of Science in Mass Communications
Media and Leadership Certificate
Doctor of Philosophy in Media, Art, and Text
Bachelor of Arts in African American Studies
Bachelor of Science in Biology
Doctor of Philosophy in Integrate Life Sciences
Master of Science in Biology
Bachelor of Science in Chemistry
Master of Science in Chemistry
Doctor of Philosophy in Chemistry
Doctor of Philosophy in Chemical Biology
Doctor of Philosophy in Nanoscience
Bachelor of Arts in English
Master of Arts in English
Bachelor of Science in Forensic Science
Master of Science in Forensic Science
Bachelor of Arts in Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies
Post-baccalaureate certificate in Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies
Bachelor of Arts in History
Graduate Certificate in Public History
Master of Arts in History
Bachelor of Science in Health, Physical Education and Exercise Science
Master of Science in Health and Movement Sciences
Doctor of Philosophy Rehabilitation and Movement Science
Post-baccalaureate certificate in Health Behavior Coaching
Bachelor of Science in Mathematical Sciences
Master of Science in Mathematical Sciences
Doctor of Philosophy in Systems Modeling and Analysis
Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy
Bachelor of Science in Physics
Master of Science in Physics and Applied Physics
Bachelor of Arts in Political Science
Bachelor of Science in Psychology
Doctor of Philosophy in Clinical Psychology
Doctor of Philosophy in Counseling Psychology
Doctor of Philosophy in Developmental Psychology
Doctor of Philosophy in Health Psychology
Doctor of Philosophy in Social Psychology
Bachelor of Science in Sociology
Master of Science in Sociology
Post-Baccalaureate Undergraduate Certificate in Statistics
Bachelor of Science in Economics (Humanities and Sciences)


Documentation supporting the figure reported above (upload):
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Do the figures reported above cover one, two, or three academic years?:
One

Percentage of students who graduate from programs that require an understanding of the concept of sustainability:
57.75

Website URL where information about the sustainability learning outcomes is available:
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Additional documentation to support the submission:
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