Overall Rating Reporter
Overall Score
Liaison Dasha Ostrova
Submission Date March 2, 2018
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

California College of the Arts
AC-1: Academic Courses

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete Reporter Jennifer Juras
Director of Institutional Research
Office of Institutional Planning
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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 1016 485
Number of sustainability courses offered 15 4
Number of courses offered that include sustainability 16 10

Percentage of courses that are sustainability course offerings:
3.00

Total number of academic departments (or the equivalent) that offer courses (at any level):
34

Number of academic departments (or the equivalent) that offer at least one sustainability course and/or course that includes sustainability (at any level):
13

Percentage of academic departments with sustainability course offerings:
38.24

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?:
One

A brief description of the methodology used to determine the total number of courses offered and to identify sustainability course offerings, including the definitions used and the process for reviewing and/or validating the course inventory :

Sections were counted as separate courses. Course counts include Fall 2016 and Spring 2017.

Ecological Theory and Practice (EcoTAP) is a network of courses, faculty, and events at California College of the Arts that focuses on the study of environmentalism, ecology, and sustainability within an art and design school context. EcoTAP courses can be found in any program and are labeled as "Eco" in the course catalog. For more info, see: https://www.cca.edu/academics/ecotap

For this analysis, I also consulted a report written by CCA faculty member Nathan Shedroff in Spring 2017. He assessed the state of sustainability teaching at CCA and developed recommendations for a potential unified, modular sustainability curriculum for the school, as a whole. Implementation planning for this is currently in progress.

As part of this report, he included a list of sustainability courses offered at CCA. I cross-referenced that list with the 2016-17 course catalog.


How were courses with multiple offerings or sections counted for the figures reported above?:
Each offering or section of a course was counted as an individual course

A brief description of how courses with multiple offerings or sections were counted (if different from the options outlined above):
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Are the following course types included in the inventory? :
Yes (included) or No (not included)
Internships No
Practicums No
Independent study No
Special topics No
Thesis / dissertation No
Clinical No
Physical education No
Performance arts No

The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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