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Developing a national framework for internal/external review of undergraduate environmental studies/environmental science programmes

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Since the National Association of Environmental Professionals (NAEP) struggled with academic certification – and with the development of academic programmes of excellence – there has been recent activity by the Council of Environmental Deans and Directors (CEDD) on curriculum design and by the IEA sponsored 'Daytona Roundtable' on transdisciplinary programme recognition. It is the author's position that we need a model process for self-study and external review that can be utilised by environmental studies programmes across the country and possibly internationally. This same process could be 'blessed'; by academic and/or professional organisations, specifically in terms of outcomes and professional skill development objectives. Thus, instead of a rigid certification process, we could have a framework, which meets the needs of professional as well as academic programme external review. Recent experiences with a review of a number of environmental studies/environmental science programmes will be discussed as examples for this process.

Keywords: internal programme review, external programme review, environmental studies, environmental education, curriculum design, transdisciplinary courses, undergraduate studies, environmental science courses

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