Every year, new sustainability degree programs are launched at colleges and universities across the country, joining a global trend of sustainability degree programs. The 2017 National Council for Science and the Environment (NCSE) Research Report "Scope of Interdisciplinary Environmental, Sustainability, and Energy Baccalaureate and Graduate Education in the United States" found that the number of interdisciplinary environmental, sustainability, and energy (IESE) degrees increased by 15 percent from 2012 to 2017, for a total of 2,361 degrees offered by 872 higher education institutions.
This effort 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 would have to potential employers. In early 2018, NCSE launched a Community of Practice focused on "key competencies" in sustainability degree programs. The goal of this initiative, through an expert-based Delphi-Study and additional professional meetings, is to create a "consensus statement" on sustainability education program competencies.
Join this free webinar to learn about the significance of core competencies to academic programs, especially those in rapidly developing fields.
Rod Parnell, Peter Walker, and Katja Brundiers will define what they mean by core competencies, learning outcomes, and frameworks; report on the current state of research on key competencies in sustainability education; and highlight the most utilized core competency systems.
The speakers will present preliminary, aggregated data gathered through the Delphi-Study and workshops at professional meetings that focused on program-level learning outcomes related to key competencies in sustainability. The webinar will also discuss next steps to conclude the consensus building process.