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Sustainability Literacy in a Time of Socio-Ecological Crisis: Using Reaccreditation as a Leverage Point for Innovation in Higher Education

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Environmental and Sustainability Studies Program, College of Charleston; Charleston, SC 29424, USA
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Office of Student Organizations and Activities, University of Kentucky; Lexington, KY 40506, USA
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Sustainability 2019, 11(18), 5104; https://doi.org/10.3390/su11185104
Received: 28 June 2019 / Revised: 26 August 2019 / Accepted: 28 August 2019 / Published: 18 September 2019
This article presents a case study of innovation in sustainability education in higher education. It does so by explaining the to-date progress of a multi-year reaccreditation process begun in 2016 for the College of Charleston (CofC), a public liberal arts and sciences university in Charleston, South Carolina of approximately 10,000 undergraduates and 1300 graduate students. The question addressed is how can a higher education institute strategically embed sustainability literacy that is focused on social/environmental engagement, in a way that contributes to measurable student learning gains? We argue that the leverage point of institutional reaccreditation provides a strategic entryway into embedding such sustainability across curricular and co-curricular settings in innovative capacities. We do so by discussing how sustainability education was implemented into a co-curricular civic engagement program, alternative break, to build students’ sustainability literacy at the College of Charleston. The article concludes by reflecting on lessons learned at CofC on how to use institutional reaccreditation as a driver of sustainability education through civic engagement in an era of socio-ecological collapse. View Full-Text
Keywords: sustainability literacy; reaccreditation; assessment; civic engagement; innovation; alternative break sustainability literacy; reaccreditation; assessment; civic engagement; innovation; alternative break
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LeVasseur, T.; Ciarcia, C. Sustainability Literacy in a Time of Socio-Ecological Crisis: Using Reaccreditation as a Leverage Point for Innovation in Higher Education. Sustainability 2019, 11, 5104. https://doi.org/10.3390/su11185104

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LeVasseur T, Ciarcia C. Sustainability Literacy in a Time of Socio-Ecological Crisis: Using Reaccreditation as a Leverage Point for Innovation in Higher Education. Sustainability. 2019; 11(18):5104. https://doi.org/10.3390/su11185104

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LeVasseur, Todd; Ciarcia, Christopher. 2019. "Sustainability Literacy in a Time of Socio-Ecological Crisis: Using Reaccreditation as a Leverage Point for Innovation in Higher Education" Sustainability 11, no. 18: 5104. https://doi.org/10.3390/su11185104

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