Motion Introduced by: Curriculum and Academic Programs Committee
Date of First Reading: March 30, 2020
Date of Second Reading: April 27, 2020
Title of Motion: Request from the School of Sustainability – for the establishment of a graduate certificate - Sustainability
Action Requested: This curricular proposal has received all college, school, unit and university administrative approvals, and is being presented to the Senate for review and voting decision.
Rationale: Currently, there is nothing available for graduate students who would like to explore Sustainability and how it applies to their preferred area of study at the graduate level. A graduate certificate in Sustainability will allow students at the graduate level to explore and incorporate these important concepts. Students will be able to pursue the certificate while concurrently enrolled in a graduate degree program at ASU or as a stand-alone certificate that can benefit them professionally. The target audience for the graduate certificate is any existing graduate student that would like to add a more in-depth study of Sustainability to their existing program. Students who would like to understand the concepts and techniques and how to incorporate those into their areas of specialization will also find this certificate beneficial. Non-degree seeking students will also be interested as it provides them an opportunity to understand the field before embarking on a full degree program. They would also find it useful if they need to add sustainability knowledge as part of their professional development.