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 sustainability goals, identified by our partners

Since our launch in Spring 2016, SCP has facilitated the integration of 84 partner-identified projects into 80 courses across 23 disciplines at St. Thomas.  90% of students report that they would recommend an SCP course to their peers.

How can your course participate?

SCP facilitates a project scoping process 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.

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 our SCP partners, available projects, and the project scoping process. This is not a commitment to participate. 

If a project (or project component) seems like a good fit 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.

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.

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.