UVM Faculty Senate

Ad-hoc Committee on Sustainability Learning Outcomes

NOTE: with the passing of the Senate Resolution adopting the Sustainability Learning Outcomes and the creation of the Sustainability Curriculum Review Committee, the work of the Ad-hoc Committee was completed. This web site reflects the work of the committee. The final report to the Faculty Senate is linked below: .
(revised June 2014)

Table of Contents/Outline

Project background

Senate actions with short history
Student Government Association Resolution

What is Sustainability?

Substance, ambiguity and complexity
Alternative concepts

Sustainability at UVM

Sustainability Faculty Fellows Program (SFF)
Numbers of students involved in SFF courses

Sustainability Professional Development

Curriculum and pedagogy
Disciplinary approaches to sustainability

Sustainability learning outcomes background

UVM draft general education outcomes from 01 November 2013
Operationalizing sustainability
Example learning outcomes from other institutions
AASHE STARS evaluation of learning outcomes
STARS framework for integrating sustainability across the curriculum

Sustainability Learning Outcomes

(adopted 7 April 2014)

Assessing sustainability learning outcomes

Assessment via NSSE (National Survey of Student Engagement)
National trends in assessment of sustainability learning outcomes
Assessment types and processes
Other assessment at UVM
Example sustainability assessment instruments/processes

Process for vetting sustainability learning outcomes at UVM

Gen. Ed. Writing and Information Literacy process
Possible Faculty Senate process for Sustainability Learning Outcomes

Committee on Sustainability Learning Outcomes

Members (by semester)

Faculty Senate Presentations
  • 16 May 2013
  • 11 November 2013
  • 10 February 2014
  • 10 March 2014
  • 7 April 2014 (resolution passed)
Open Forum Presentations
  • 5 & 19 February 2014


Resources & links

General Education Senate Homepage
Sustainability curricula in the US
Resource page (Centre for Sustainable Futures)
Resource page (from AAAS)