Sustainability Perspectives

Benchmark Assessment Results: Sustainability Perspectives 2014-2016

The results show that the overwhelming majority of students assessed on the following courses met the benchmark student learning outcomes for the sustainability perspective general education requirement.

Sustainability Perspectives 2014-2016 (PDF)
 
Semester Course Level Enrollment Assessments
Fall 2014 English 333, Section 0800 (online) Upper 22 19
Fall 2014 Env Sci 301, Section 0001 Upper 59 40
Fall 2014 Pu En Af 102, Section 0001 Lower 62 40
Spring 2015 FNS 210, Section 0001 Lower 45 39
Spring 2015 Hum Biol 217, Section 1200/1800 (online) Lower 41 41
Fall 2015 FNS 226, Section 0001 Lower 43 40
Fall 2015 Nut Sci 250, Section 0001 Lower 43 37
Fall 2015 Env Sci 460, Section 0001 Upper 26 26
Spring 2016 Env Sci 260, Section 0001 Lower 60 40
Spring 2016 Psych 390, Section 001 Upper 45 40
Demonstrates a basic knowledge of sustainability Number Rated Percent Yes Notes
Defines environmental sustainability 349 92  
Defines social sustainability 208 89  
Defines economic sustainability 207 86  
Recognizes sustainable principles and practice 345 88  
Recognizes the complexity and multi-faceted nature of sustainability      
Recognizes the interdependence of economic, social, and environmental spheres on sustainability 267 82  
Generalizes underlying principles of sustainability across contexts 249 92  
Identifies the social, economic, and technological limitations to implementing sustainable practice 266 82  
Recognizes the influence of spatial (local to global) scale on sustainability 188 86  
Recognizes the influence of temporal (historical to contemporary) scale on sustainability 303 79  
Recognizes that personal values influence views of sustainability 303 86  
Makes Informed Judgments      
Distinguishes between sustainable principles and practice versus non- sustainable principles and practice 311 90  
Weighs the short-term and long-term impact of decisions relating to sustainability 270 85  
Synthesizes knowledge and values (personal, religious, political, etc.) to inform decisions 186 90  
Integrates Sustainability and Social Responsibility      
Recognizes the effect of personal choices on sustainability 347 89  
Articulates political solutions surrounding sustainability 246 76  
Demonstrates engagement in sustainable practices 224 62  
6,208 items could have been assessed; 4,269 items (or 69%) were assessed. The percent scoring “Yes” across all 4,269 assessments was 85%.