Program Assessment

NCSE's new Strategic Assessment for Environmental Programs can help you understand and assess your interdisciplinary environmental (IE) programs in the context of programs across the nation and peer institutions. An analysis report provides valuable insights that allow you to shape the future of your programs and make them more successful in terms defined by you, your institution, and your students.

This service is based on the results of the first comprehensive study of IE programs including 343 degrees at 260 campuses nationwide, which was commissioned by NCSE's Council of Environmental Deans and Directors. Our new report, Interdisciplinary Environmental Education on the Nation’s Campuses, presents the study's findings and explores the key knowledge and skills components of programs, how programs are organized administratively, and how program curricula are oriented towards system science, adaptive management or policy and governance. Please contact Katelyn Dutton at [email protected] or 202-207-0008 to obtain copies.  Copies are complimentary for NCSE Affiliate institutions and available for a fee for non-members. 

The service can assess a wide variety of IE program parameters against the national study findings, and other programs, including:

  • Four key characteristics of IE program identity
  • Ten IE knowledge and integrated skills components
  • Three educational approaches framework
  • Administrative program characteristics
          - location within university
          - faculty
          - resources
          - assessment criteria
          - partnerships
  • Degree program characteristics
          - enrollment
          - objectives
          - requirement
          - curriculum design
  • Indicators of success
          - enrollment trends
          - ability to provide ideal curricula
          - satisfaction with factors that influence success, such as ability to attract external funding

Reports can be tailored to individual program needs for both existing and planned programs.

Shirley Vincent
Director of Educational Research
[email protected]