Academics

Academics is at the heart of MCC’s mission. The world around us is changing as individuals, organizations, and cities work to change systems and processes to make them less harmful to the environment and humans. At MCC, our goal is to increase education on sustainability issues to make sure our students are prepared and equipped to tackle the sustainability challenges of today and the future.

Goal #1: Credit classes containing sustainability

A course inventory is completed every 2-3 years for the AASHE STARS report to gather information on how many of MCC’s credit classes contain sustainability. The 2018 report showed that 8% of credit classes contain sustainability. A new inventory is being completed in 2021.

Goal #2: Percentage of AASHE STARS credits

There are seven credits as a part of the Academics section of the STARS report, which is the majority of the STAR potential credits.

STARS Credit Summary Potential points
Academic Courses
  1. Institution offers sustainability course content as measured by the percentage of academic courses offered that are sustainability-focused or sustainability-inclusive
  2. Sustainability course offerings by department
14.0
Learning Outcomes
  1. Institution has adopted one or more sustainability learning outcomes that apply to the entire student body
  2. Institution's students graduate from degree programs that require an understanding of the concept of sustainability
8.0
Undergrad Program Institution have formal undergraduate-level degree programs focused on sustainability 3.0
Immersive Experience Institution offers sustainability-focused immersive experience programs. Ex. internships, study abroad 2.0
Sustainability Literacy Assessment
  1. Sustainability literacy assessment administered to a subset or entire student body.
  2. Administered a pre- and post- assessment to the same cohort of students or to representative samples
4.0
Incentives for Developing Courses Ongoing program(s) that offer incentives to academic staff in multiple disciplines to develop new sustainability courses and/or incorporate sustainability to increase student learning of sustainability. 2.0
Campus as a Living Laboratory Institution utilizes infrastructure and operations as living environments for multidisciplinary learning and applied research that advances sustainability on campus. 4.0

Resources

Before diving into adding sustainability to your course, we highly recommend reading this short resource from Vanderbilt University. It is full of information to consider and help guide how to include sustainability into your classroom.

Sustainability education is on the rise and there are an abundance of resources available to incorporate sustainability learning in the classroom.

MCC Resources

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Not seeing what you need? Contact the Coordinator of Sustainable Practices for more resources and support at sustainability@mccneb.edu.