AASHE 2018

Key Competencies in Sustainability:
Overview and Next Steps

Presenters:

Peter Walker
Dean, Chatham University

Katja Brundiers
Research Assistant Professor, Arizona State University

Ira Feldman
Founder & Managing Director, Sustainability Curriculum Consortium

Rod Parnell
Coordinator of Academic Sustainability & Professor, Northern Arizona University

Wed, 10/3: 9:15 AM  – 10:15 AM
The Panel-discussion is part of a nationwide process to solicit feedback on an initiative with the National Council for Science and the Environment (NCSE). The goal of the initiative is to develop an overview of the landscape of key competencies in sustainability across higher education institutions. Over the last couple of months, members of the NCSE initiative have engaged in listening sessions across the country to learn how higher education institutions employ key competencies in sustainability to develop sustainability curricula on the level of courses/programs and how they arrived at formulating learning outcomes for courses/programs, considering the different groups involved across a school or even university. The panel will report back what they have heard during these listening sessions and offer their initial lessons learned for discussion with the audience. The goal of the discussion with the audience is to solicit feedback on two questions. First, how can key competencies in sustainability help guide curriculum development and administration of sustainability degree programs? Second, how could shared understanding around such competencies-based approaches and learning outcomes help ensure high quality standards across sustainability programs in higher education?

Audience Engagement
This panel is designed as a public engagement event to invite feedback and ideas on an initiative with the National Council for Science and the Environment. Panelists will provide 3 short presentations reporting what they have learned from previous public engagements related to key competencies in sustainability. At least 30 minutes will be dedicated to discuss questions and ideas from the audience as the audience’ input will be used to shape the direction and next steps of the initiative.

Key Competencies in Sustainability:
Curriculum and Program Development

Post-conference workshop 10/5

Presenters:

Ira Feldman
Founder & Managing Director, Sustainability Curriculum Consortium

Katja Brundiers
Research Assistant Professor, Arizona State University

Rod Parnell
Coordinator of Academic Sustainability & Professor, Northern Arizona University

Every year, new sustainability degree programs are launched at colleges and universities across North America, joining a global trend of sustainability degree programs offered at higher education institutions worldwide. This raises important questions for the field of sustainability in higher education related to quality and standards, processes of program development and administration, and communicating the skills and abilities sustainability graduates have to potential employers. In early 2018, the National Council for Science and the Environment (NCSE) launched a process focusing on ‘key competencies’ in sustainability degree programs in collaboration with the Sustainability Curriculum Consortium (SCC) and NCSE member institutions, including the School of Sustainability at Arizona State University (ASU) and University of Northern Arizona (NAU). The goal of this initiative, through workshops, dialogues and other activities, is to create a ‘Consensus Statement’ on sustainability competencies. This workshop, led by members in this initiative from NCSE, SCC, ASU and NAU, is an opportunity to inform about the initiative’s progress to date; to further explore the above questions; and, to invite workshop participants to contribute their experiences and insights to a shared and growing body of knowledge around key competencies in sustainability degree programs. Workshop participants will share the learning outcomes of their courses/curricula and compare these with each other and with key competencies in sustainability. On this basis, the workshop will identify lessons learned for the future development of key competencies in sustainability and formulate next steps for the initiative, including what would be useful support structures for institutions to support development and administration of sustainability programs in the field.

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