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A Learning Outcomes Based General Education Sustainability Requirement Webinar
January 30 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 pm EST
The University of Vermont (UVM) adopted a learning-outcomes-based general education sustainability requirement in Fall 2015. The requirement is unique because sustainability is a non-traditional general education theme, and general education requirements are routinely course-based, not learning-outcomes based. The learning-outcomes based nature of the requirement allowed us to create a flexible requirement with three options: taking a sustainability-approved course, enrolling in a sustainability curricula, or engaging in an experiential endeavor whereby the learning outcomes can be met outside of the classroom.
This webinar will present how the requirement was successfully implemented through strategic consideration of three important institutional contexts: governance structure, academic culture, and the overall institutional environment. As we discuss the institutional framework and the procedural steps taken, we will define key characteristics of success, including patience and genuine attention to process, deliberate and transparent action, willingness to collaborate, and an alliance of students, faculty, administrators, and staff. This case study can assist other institutions to develop their own strategies for adopting university-wide sustainability requirements.