Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 69.28
Liaison Austin Eriksson
Submission Date Feb. 29, 2016
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.0

California State University, Northridge
AC-1: Academic Courses

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 14.00 / 14.00 Helen Cox
Director, Institute for Sustainability
Institute for Sustainability
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Figures required to calculate the percentage of courses with sustainability content::
Undergraduate Graduate
Total number of courses offered by the institution 1,973 875
Number of sustainability courses offered 78 26
Number of courses offered that include sustainability 474 64

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

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

Number of years covered by the data:

A copy of the institution’s inventory of its course offerings with sustainability content (and course descriptions):
An inventory of the institution's course offerings with sustainability content (and course descriptions):

The website URL where the inventory of course offerings with sustainability content is publicly available:
A brief description of the methodology the institution followed to complete the course inventory:

A listing of all courses taught in 2015 was obtained and joined to the catalog copy for each course, which contained course descriptions. A keyword search was carried out on the catalog descriptions using 144 keywords associated with sustainability. The keyword list was developed by the Sustainability Advisory Committee at the University of North Carolina for this purpose, and presented at the AASHE 2014 conference. Sustainability "focused" courses were identified as those meeting one of 3 criteria: 1. designated SUST courses (developed for the Minor in Sustainability); 2. all electives approved for inclusion in the Minor; 3. courses with descriptions containing 4 or more of the keywords. This list was manually reviewed to remove courses which were deemed to have been placed incorrectly.

Courses determined to "include" sustainability were those with descriptions containing 3 keywords plus any other courses not included above which met GE SLOs related to sustainability (see these SLOs in AC2).

+ Date Revised: April 7, 2016

How did the institution count courses with multiple offerings or sections in the inventory?:
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 (if different from the options outlined above):

Which of the following course types were included in the inventory?:
Yes or No
Internships Yes
Practicums Yes
Independent study No
Special topics Yes
Thesis/dissertation No
Clinical No
Physical education Yes
Performance arts Yes

Does the institution designate sustainability courses in its catalog of course offerings?:

Does the institution designate sustainability courses on student transcripts?:

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