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Sustainability

and Assessment

Gabe Estill, Director of Academic Assessment

18th Annual Community College Assessment Fair

February 21, 2014

Moraine Valley Community College


About my institution
About My Institution

  • Located in Palos Hills, IL

  • 20 miles southwest of downtown Chicago

  • District population: ~400,000

  • District square miles: 139

  • Approximately 18,000 students


College s official sustainability statement
College’s Official Sustainability Statement

  • “Moraine Valley Community College will carry out actions in all operations, academics, and in our community that meet current needs, while taking care to protect and enhance the social, environmental and economic resources needed by future generations to enjoy a quality of life equal to or greater than the present.”


Center for sustainability morainevalley edu sustainability
Center for Sustainabilitymorainevalley.edu/sustainability



Three primary focus areas
Three Primary Focus Areas

  • Operations

  • Teaching

  • Assessment


Operations
Operations

  • Facilities

  • Waste

  • Food Service


Teaching
Teaching

  • Greening Your Curriculum (GYC) Project


Gyc program
GYC Program

  • 6-week Online MVLA (Moraine Valley Learning Community) course

  • 6-week online GYC 102A – Green Economy & Social Justice

  • 6-week online GYC 102B – Eco-Literacy & Local Connections

  • 20-hour face-2-face Prairie Project

  • Various other 1-4 CTL (Center for Teaching & Learning) hour workshops – online & face-2-face


Assessment
Assessment

  • Wait. What about student learning?


Origins of sustainability and assessment at mvcc
Origins of Sustainability and Assessment at MVCC

  • 2011 Sustainability Symposium

  • AQIP General Education Project

    Why Gen Ed?

  • AQIP Action Project

  • Sustainability as a Gen Ed Outcome

  • Multiple disciplines

  • Create well-rounded students


Merger between sustainability and gen ed
Merger between Sustainability and Gen Ed

  • Why Gen Ed?

    • AQIP Action Project

    • Sustainability as a Gen Ed Outcome

    • Multiple disciplines

    • Create well-rounded students


Getting started
Getting Started

Our Definition of Assessment

  • Measuring, documenting, and improving student learning

  • Answers three primary questions:

    1.) What do we want students to know and be able to do?

    2.) How will we know?

    3.) How will we improve?


Main goal
Main goal

  • Gradual building of sustainability into the academic community at Moraine Valley by infusing sustainability into the curriculum across the disciplines


The process
The Process

Address two needs:

1.) Create measurable outcome

2.) Develop rubric

3.) Provide assignment criteria

4.) Collect data

5.) Analyze data

6.) Use the results


Gen ed learning outcome
Gen Ed Learning Outcome

Students will:

Recognize one’s legal, ethical, social, and sustainable responsibilities


But how
But how?

Students will:

1.) Identify the ecological processes and how choices affect the environment

2.) Demonstrate awareness of social justice and equity issues and their impact on the global population

3.) Distinguish ethically responsible business practices.


Rubric brainstorm and development
Rubric: brainstorm and development

Two 90 minute sessions:

  • Define meaning

  • Create device


Rubric brainstorm and development1
Rubric: brainstorm and development

Team tasked with creating a rubric that could be used easily across a variety of courses that infuse sustainability into their curricular and instructional practices.

Two Admin (Sustainability and Assessment)

Two Faculty (Biology and History)


The rubric
The Rubric

  • http://www.morainevalley.edu/studentassessment/pdf/SustainabilityInfoSheetRubric.pdf


Pilot
Pilot

Four courses in Spring 12

  • BIO 112

  • EAS 120

  • EAS 125

  • NAT 111

    N = 312

    Included additional courses in Fall 12


Results
Results

  • Strengths: Relevancy

  • Opportunities: Application


Results1
Results

  • Strength: Relevancy

  • Opportunity: Application


Using the results
Using the Results

  • Weave into department assessment plans

  • Create resources bank for instructors

  • Keep measuring, keep documenting, and keep improving

  • Indirect offshoots of this project (in development):

    • Sustainability 101 course

    • Green graduation designation


My questions for you
My Questions for You

1.) What are your institutions’ challenges related to sustainability?

2.) What are your institutions’ challenges related to assessment?

3.) Do your institutions have a sustainability credential for students?

4.) What are the holes in higher education’s commitment and practices related to sustainability?


Resources and contact
Resources and Contact

For more information and resources, visit http://www.morainevalley.ede/sustainability

http://www.morainevalley.edu/studentassessment

Contact info:

[email protected]

[email protected]

[email protected]


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