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Sustainable Business at Aquinas College

Student Learning Outcomes

Our Mission
To prepare innovative change agents who will harness the power of business and the natural environment to foster financial prosperity, ecosystem resilience, and human flourishing.
Student Learning Outcomes
Principles for SB Student Learning Outcomes:

  • Student Learning Outcomes incorporate knowledge, skills, and attitudes.
  • All Student Learning Outcomes are assessable.
  • Student Learning Outcomes reflect the unique challenges posed by the aspiration for sustainability.


  1. Students will understand key concepts of sustainability science and pathways for addressing challenges at the interface of nature, society and business.
  2. Students will demonstrate literacy in a variety of corporate sustainability strategies and will be able to apply the tools of ethical business management for sustainability.
  3. Students will demonstrate effective communication skills.
    1. Students will be effective communicators in public presentations.
    2. Students will be able to articulate the business case for sustainability to both internal and external stakeholders.
  4. Students will be able to identify and analyze current and changing business contexts - including economic, environmental and social linkages in local, regional, national and global communities.
  5. Students will be able to articulate how they can contribute to an organization or graduate program.
  6. Students will demonstrate quantitative reasoning skills.
    1. Students will be able to identify key quantitative variables affecting an organizational decision, access relevant information and propose an appropriate response.
  7. Students will know and understand the role of markets and marketing in society and how they can be harnessed for sustainability.
    1. Students will be able to evaluate an organization’s market situation and recommend appropriate marketing strategies.
  8. Students will understand the basic management functions of planning, organizing, leading and controlling and their use in integrating organizational resources to achieve success for sustainability.
    1. Students will be able to navigate the process of acquiring and efficiently allocating financial resources within an organization.
    2. Students will be able to generate, analyze and interpret financial information that will be useful in decision making and assessing performance.


In the fall of 2003, Aquinas College launched the nation's first undergraduate degree program in sustainable business, a non-traditional strategy that concurrently builds profitability and economic stability, restores the health of natural systems and promotes prosperous communities.