Luther College improves performance, according to STARS report


Luther College has had significant increases in its performance since 2014, according to a recent national assessment.

The Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System reviews the performance and sustainability of colleges throughout the country on a yearly basis, according to a press release. Luther College recently submitted information to the program, which is run by the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education, for review. The college received a silver rating of 62.47, which is an improvement from the 2014 rating of 47.51.

"Because sustainability work is so deeply embedded across the Luther College campus, many faculty and staff from all over campus provided data for our report,” Maren Beard, the center's assistant director, said in the release. “Completing the STARS assessment is important for Luther College to do because of the ways in which the assessment tool allows us to track our progress toward becoming a more sustainable institution."

Over 800 schools in the country use STARS tools to track their progress throughout the year. It assesses sustainability through academics, engagement, planning and administration, and operations.

The results will be used to set up goals and learning tool for the upcoming semesters at Luther College.

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