Sustainability in Academics
In fall of 2016 campus areas came come together to discuss ways that sustainability can be advanced in academics across campus:
Online Survey - An email was sent to all faculty and staff on Aug. 29th, 2016 asking them to participate in an online survey.
- Survey results: We received 66 responses from across the University to this survey. Of those, 23 respondents reported that they currently teach at least one course including a sustainability component and 23 said that they are interested in developing a course with a sustainability component. 19 respondents said that they are currently or have done research in an area of sustainability. Nearly all respondents said that they are interested in attending workshops, seminars, or conferences to expand their knowledge of sustainability.
- Here is a link to the survey.
Group Discussion - That same email mentioned above also invited all those who were interested to attend a group discussion on Sept. 8th, 4:30 p.m. in MPSC University South
- The minutes from that meeting can be downloaded here (pdf).
- 28 people from disciplines across campus attended the meeting and there was a lot of good discussion and ideas exchanged.
- The group decided to create three subcommittees (Curriculum Development; Research and Professional Activities; and International Programs) that will begin meeting this semester. If you are interested in participating in these committees, please let us know (below).
At the Sept. 8th meeting, attendees decided to form the Sustainability in Curriculum Committee, consisting of faculty/staff from all three colleges, tasked with developing a method for identifying which courses on campus address sustainability. The committee reviewed what other higher education institutions are doing in sustainability and how we may infuse sustainability in academics at UW-Platteville.
The committee had numerous meetings and discussions regarding how to help our students prepare for a future in which sustainability is becoming more and more important. The members believe that, in the long run, UW-Platteville needs to create a sustainability lens through which all UW-Platteville graduates, irrespective of their major, look at the issues in their profession and personal lives. Of course, this lofty goal requires commitments from faculty/staff as well as the UW-Platteville administration.
Following the recommendations of the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), the committee decided to create a “Sustainability” section in the University undergraduate catalog containing a list of courses that have some sustainability content. These courses will be listed either under “Sustainability Courses” (these are the courses that have a significant sustainability component in its content and/or in its Student Learning Outcomes, SLOs ) or under “Courses With Some Sustainability Content” (these will be the courses that have some sustainability in its content and/or SLOs).
If you teach a course that you feel addresses sustainability, we ask that you please let us know by filling in this online form by Friday, September 15th:
The Committee will begin reviewing courses for inclusion in early fall and follow up directly with applicants at that time.