Faculty:  Interested in integrating an SCP project into your course?


SCP projects provide opportunities for students to apply what they are learning in your course to real-world, local issues, identified by our partners.  You can integrate an entire SCP project or just one component of a project into an existing (or new) course.  Since our launch in Spring 2016, 53 courses across 21 different disciplines and programs at St. Thomas have integrated 55 partner-identified projects into existing courses.

SCP facilitates a project scoping process (see steps below) with you and our partner to adapt the scope and scale of a project (or project component) to your course's opportunities and constraints. Project integration can range from a single assignment to a semester-long project. No course's contribution is too small.

The key criteria for a good project or project component match are that it:

  • enriches your course's existing learning objectives through real-world application of course content,
  • is at a level and scale appropriate for your course and time constraints,
  • is logistically feasible (e.g., confirming background information, data, access to sites, etc. needed to complete the project), and
  • advances the partner's sustainability goals.

Available projects are posted here. If you're interested in integrating a project, but you don't see one that fits well with your course, please contact Dr. Maria Dahmus to discuss additional project ideas.  Past SCP projects and outcomes are here, if you'd like to see the range of types of projects. 

Learn more about how your course can participate and resources provided by SCP below!  Contact Dr. Maria Dahmus with any questions.


How can your course participate?

Step 1: Contact SCP

If you're interested in integrating an SCP project (or a component of a project) into your course, contact Dr. Maria Dahmus to set up a time to meet to learn more about the project and project scoping process.  Or, if you're ready to meet with our partner about a project, contact Maria to set up a project scoping meeting with our partner (see step 2).  This is not a commitment to participate. 

Step 2: Project Scope with SCP and Partner

If a project (or project component) seems like a good match for your course, SCP will arrange and facilitate a meeting with you and our partner to discuss the project purpose, adapt the scale and scope of the project to your course's opportunities and constraints, and discuss questions to be investigated, data needs, timeline, and deliverables. 

The purpose of this meeting is to collaboratively create a good match between the project and your course by adapting the project to ensure that it:

  • enriches your course's learning objectives through real-world application of course content,
  • is at a level and scale appropriate for your course and time constraints,
  • is logistically feasible (e.g., confirming background information, data, access to sites, etc. needed to complete the project), and
  • advances the partner's sustainability goals.

Step 3: Finalize Project Scope Document

SCP drafts a project scope document that includes the project overview and objectives, questions to be investigated, data the partner will provide, timeline, and deliverables based on the project scoping meeting (Step 2). You and the partner project lead may offer revisions as needed.

The purpose of this document is to ensure that you and the partner project lead share the same goals and expectations for the project and logistical details have been worked out to ensure an enriching experiential learning opportunity for students.

Step 4: Enjoy your experiential, applied project!

Contact SCP or partner project lead with any questions throughout the course. 


SCP Provides: Partner Provides:
  • Partnership development
  • Facilitation of project scoping
  • Curriculum development consultation
  • Logistical support (e.g., arranging project orientations, managing deliverables)
  • Problem solving and trouble shooting project needs
  • Projects (which can be adapted)
  • Data for project completion (as available)
  • Project orientation to course (on-site or in-class)
  • Access to field sites (as applicable)
  • Responses to project questions throughout the semester
  • Mid-project feedback
  • Audience for final presentation at the end of the semester (as applicable to the course)

What is SCP?  SCP links existing St. Thomas courses across disciplines to city-identified sustainability projects, advancing the common good by engaging students in real-world application of course material.

SCP's process?  SCP develops partnerships with cities and government entities to collaborate on project development that fosters systems-level change towards sustainability in the Twin Cities area.  SCP provides curricular and logistical support to integrate these experiential and applied projects into existing courses.