ENVS Majors: Student Learning Outcomes

The quality of the departmental programs is a function of the diversity of individuals and organizations, its success in serving students, and its encouragement of scholarly exchange among faculty, students, and professionals. Emphasizing applied learning, the ENVS Department supports high professional standards in the practice of environmental education, environmental economics, environmental journalism, environmental policy and planning, and geography.

Experiential learning--taking students into the field where they can apply their skills and knowledge of current problems--is emphasized in many of our programs. In the 2002 Survey of Graduates (2003, Huxley College), “personal helpfulness and support of faculty” was one of the key variables in Huxley graduate satisfaction with their degree. In particular, “professors’ practical experience and real-world knowledge” played a key role.

To maintain this strength, future faculty hires should have some “real-world hands-on training,” as well as show a commitment to providing the scholarly tools needed for graduate study given that close to 20% of all Huxley graduates seek advanced degrees.

Despite our noted areas of strength, we continually review our programs with an eye toward to improving the quality and productivity of content and delivery. Individual program goals are below: