STARS Information:

  • Credit Rationale: This credit recognizes institutions that acknowledge interdisciplinary, trans-disciplinary, and multi-disciplinary research during faculty promotion and tenure decisions.
  • Environmental Benefits: Addressing sustainability challenges requires solutions and understandings that often cover multiple academic disciplines. Giving interdisciplinary research equal weight as research from a single academic discipline provides an important foundation that allows faculty to pursue sustainability related research.
  • Scoring: Institution earns 2 points for meeting the criteria outlined above.

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CSU Channel Islands Summary:

CSU Channel Islands does meet the criteria for this credit by acknowledging interdisciplinary, trans-disciplinary, and multi-disciplinary research during faculty promotion and tenure decisions.

From Senate Policy 08-12 on Retention, Tenure and Promotion:


California State University Channel Islands (CSUCI) is committed to providing high quality, student-centered instructional programs to all constituencies.  Excellent faculty members, dedicated to continued intellectual and professional growth, are essential to fulfilling our commitment. All elements and standards of faculty performance evaluation recognize and reflect the University’s Mission, including:

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  1. Placing students at the center of the educational experience;
  2. Providing undergraduate and graduate education that facilitates learning within and across disciplines through integrative approaches;
  3. Emphasizing experiential and service learning;
  4. And graduating students with multicultural and international perspectives.


The University values and supports the development of a range of research, scholarship and creative activities, including the following kinds of scholarship:

  1. A scholarship of discovery - pursuing knowledge, covering all aspects of research and disciplinary discovery;
  2. A scholarship of integration - bringing knowledge and discovery into larger patterns and contexts and working in and across disciplines;
  3. A scholarship of teaching and learning - investigating and assessing teaching methods and practices and their impact on student learning outcomes;
  4. A scholarship of engagement - using research and knowledge to engage in problems that affect individuals, institutions, and society.

Information Received From:

Renny Christopher: Associate Provost for Academic Affairs