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Submission Date Feb. 16, 2016
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Western Colorado University
AC-2: Learning Outcomes

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete Expired Terry Schliesman
Associate VP
Academic Affairs
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Number of students who graduated from a program that has adopted at least one sustainability learning outcome:
73

Total number of graduates from degree programs:
453

A copy of the list or inventory of degree, diploma or certificate programs that have sustainability learning outcomes:
A list of degree, diploma or certificate programs that have sustainability learning outcomes:

B.A. in Environment & Sustainability (standard program, comprehensive program, minor)
Master of Environmental Management (started in 2014-15)
B.A. in Recreation and Outdoor Education (Outdoor Environmental Education Emphasis,
Standard major, Outdoor Leadership emphasis, and minor)
B.A. in Biology (Environmental Biology and Ecology Emphasis)
Environmental Science Minor


A list or sample of the sustainability learning outcomes associated with degree, diploma or certificate programs (if not included in an inventory above):

Environment & Sustainability learning outcomes:
o Developing students' capacities for interdisciplinary critical thinking, problem solving, and communication.
o Applying the diverse research methods of the social sciences and natural sciences to understand and analyze local, national, and international environmental issues.
o Fostering an understanding of the literature of the environment and ethical questions in environmental decision making.
o Enhancing career and advanced study opportunities in environmentally related disciplines.

Recreation and Outdoor Education outcomes:
o Students will gain knowledge of the environmental impact caused by human recreation and lifestyles, and apply techniques to mediate impact
o To gain a deeper understanding of one’s personal social, economic, and environmental impacts, as well as those of others, as well as implications for one’s planned career field. (From ROE 351: Inquiry into Sustainability)


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These data are for 2013-2014, so the Master of Environmental Management students are not included, as the program's first year was 2014-2015. Majors and minors are included.

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