Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 46.77
Liaison Franklin Lebo
Submission Date May 27, 2022

STARS v2.2

Baldwin Wallace University
AC-1: Academic Courses

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 9.03 / 14.00 Franklin Lebo
Assistant Professor of Sustainability
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Figures required to calculate the percentage of courses offered by the institution that are sustainability course offerings:
Undergraduate Graduate
Total number of courses offered by the institution 748 162
Number of sustainability-focused courses offered 32 3
Number of sustainability-inclusive courses offered 55 7

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A copy of the institution’s inventory of its sustainability course offerings and descriptions:
Do the figures reported above cover one, two, or three academic years?:

A brief description of the methodology used to complete the course inventory :

The total number of courses offered at BW are listed at: http://catalog.bw.edu/content.php?catoid=7&navoid=290 including their course descriptions. Archived catalogs are found at: http://catalog.bw.edu/content.php?catoid=8&navoid=318. Sustainability course offerings are identified by the prefix "SUS" or directly focus on sustainability related thematic content. The majority of the latter courses are approved through a rigorous multi-step process as follows: (1) the Co-Directors of Sustainability (i.e., Dr. David Krueger and Dr. Franklin Lebo) generate a proposal for a new course or designating an existing course in the university's curriculum as Sustainability focused or related; (2) the Faculty Sustainability in the Major Committee (FACSiM) comprised of representatives from multiple departments (i.e., Dr. Franklin Lebo, Sustainability; Dr. David Krueger, Business; Dr. Lisa Ponton, Chemistry; Dr. Annette Trierweiler, Environmental Science; Dr. Helen Muga, Engineering; Dr. Kelly Coble, Philosophy; Dr. Ellen Posman, Religion; Dr. Jill Stephens Fleisher, Sociology) who make curricular decisions for the major in coordination/consultation with the departments offering sustainability related coursework, review recommendations at meetings and vote either at the meetings or via subsequent E-mailed ballots; (3) the Core Curriculum Committee reviews applications for curricular changes from FACSiM (where FACSiM decisions affect university core requirements); and (4) final approval is sought from the University Curriculum Committee (UCC), and finally (5) the Ohio Board of Education.

Some of the courses included on this list which are Sustainability focused, but not presently listed online under one of the four Sustainability major concentrations (i.e., Business, Humanities/Social Science, Quantitative, Science) have recently been added to the university's course offerings and are currently under review by FACSiM. For instance, the Environmental Science (ENV) major has just launched and many of the courses in this field are taught by sustainability faculty who are focusing on sustainability themes in the course. Likewise, an Engineering (EGR) major has also been established with courses that align directly with the Sustainability program due to collaboration between the chair of Engineering, Dr. Helen Muga (https://www.bw.edu/academics/bios/muga-helen) who holds a Graduate Certificate in Sustainability and the Sustainability Co-Director, Dr. Franklin Lebo (https://www.bw.edu/academics/bios/lebo-franklin). Finally, the Public Health (PHT) department has also added coursework directly relating to global sustainability themes. Sustainability is working closely with the chair of PHT, Dr. Swagata Banik, to ensure the two programs are properly aligned particularly so that PHT majors may minor in Sustainability in methodical fashion.

Other courses that have sustainability content, but which do not fall under the above description have been discovered through this inventory process. In those cases where course inclusion was unclear based upon the course description (i.e., the course description did not clearly articulate a relationship to the UN Millennium Development Goals) course instructors or departments were contacted for more specific information about the course in question. Syllabi were solicited and conversations with a number of faculty were conducted to ascertain the extent to which sustainability related themes were indeed embedded in the course content.

Other coursework on campus may directly address sustainability themes, but are not counted for the Sustainability major despite their Sustainability focus due to fulfilling other university Core requirements. In these instances, either the courses indicated in their descriptions that sustainability themes were part of the course expectations or representatives of departments or programs were contacted for copies of syllabi and their perspective on whether the course should properly be counted as including sustainability themes.

Please note that although some courses are listed as having a "department" Environmental Science, since those programs are embedded within larger departments such as Biology for Environmental Science and are not, as of yet, stand alone departments with their own chairs, they were not treated as distinct departments. Sustainability is not being treated as a "department" for purposes of this inventory as the co-directors of the Sustainability Program do not attend chairs meetings at the university although functioning in all respects as independent chairs of a department reporting to the Dean of Academic Affairs as an "interdisciplinary" program not housed in any department.

How were courses with multiple offerings or sections counted for the figures reported above?:
Each course was counted as a single course regardless of the number of offerings or sections

A brief description of how courses with multiple offerings or sections were counted:

Not applicable. Same as outlined above.

Website URL where information about the sustainability course offerings is available:
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The count of courses in the inventory is lower than what is reported because three courses with multiple sections and multiple instructors were treated as distinct offerings.

For a full and complete list of all courses offered at BW, please see the current course catalog posted at: http://catalog.bw.edu/content.php?catoid=7&catoid=7&navoid=290&filter%5Bitem_type%5D=3&filter%5Bonly_active%5D=1&filter%5B3%5D=1&filter%5Bcpage%5D=1#acalog_template_course_filter. Individual course descriptions are included as well in this searchable database by prefix, code/number, type, or keyword/phrase.

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