Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 53.79
Liaison Leslie North
Submission Date March 5, 2020

STARS v2.2

Western Kentucky University
AC-5: Immersive Experience

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Leslie North
Director of Sustainability
Geography and Geology
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Does the institution offer at least one immersive, sustainability-focused educational study program that is one week or more in length?:

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

WKU offers a number of study abroad experiences that incorporate sustainability. For example, an annual faculty-led program to Ecuador looks at agricultural practices and sustainability. An annual program in South Africa focuses on issues of habitat degradation, resource exploitation, and place-based conservation efforts that engage the local community. The Geography and Geology department regularly take a two-week trip to Iceland to study the effects of climate change and ecotourism. A winter-term trip to Costa Rica takes students to the Cloud Forest to study biodiversity and the effects of climate change.

Website URL where information about the institution’s immersive education programs is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:

WKU offers students a range of options for study abroad, study away, faculty-led programs, internships and service-learning. The WKU faculty-led programs change from year to year. The examples listed above have been offered consistently on a one or two year rotation.

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