Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 51.18
Liaison Joseph Kahn
Submission Date April 20, 2017
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STARS v2.1

Central Michigan University
AC-1: Academic Courses

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 7.23 / 14.00 Morgan Hummon
Sustainability Advancement Graduate Assistant
Facilities Management, Great Lakes Institute for Sustainable Systems
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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 1,529 1,099
Number of sustainability courses offered 54 22
Number of courses offered that include sustainability 119 43

Percentage of courses that are sustainability course offerings:

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

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

Percentage of academic departments with sustainability course offerings:

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 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 :

Central Michigan University has a department dedicated to Institutional Research. This department provided the information regarding the total number of academic colleges, departments and courses. In regards to the total number of courses offered: there are a total of 1,529 classes designated at a course level below 500, only appropriate for undergraduate students. There are 697 courses designated at a course level of 600 or above, only appropriate for graduate level students. However, there are a total of 402 courses designated at a course level between 500-599, which can be taken by both graduate level or undergraduate students. These 402 classes, leveled in the 500's have been added to graduate level classes, resulting in a total number of 1,099 courses offered at graduate level. These courses have not been double counted.

The methodology for gathering data regarding courses is as follows: Each course is counted once, regardless of how many sections are offered. These courses are measured over one academic year. This methodology is exact for total course numbers, course numbers that are specifically sustainability courses, as well as course numbers for courses that offer sustainability components.

Central Michigan University has identified sustainability courses and courses that include sustainability in accordance with the definitions provided by AASHE, under "sustainability course offerings."

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 (if different from the options outlined above):

Are the following course types included in the inventory? :
Yes (included) or No (not included)
Internships Yes
Practicums Yes
Independent study Yes
Special topics Yes
Thesis / dissertation Yes
Clinical Yes
Physical education Yes
Performance arts Yes

The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:

Additional documentation to support the submission:

Data sources used were the CMU course bulletin 2015-2016, under the course description. Any course identified, that was questionable in regards to sustainability content, was then further investigated by means of interview, accessing of syllabus, or speaking directly with department or faculty related to specified course.

The information presented here is self-reported. While AASHE staff review portions of all STARS reports and institutions are welcome to seek additional forms of review, the data in STARS reports are not verified by AASHE. If you believe any of this information is erroneous or inconsistent with credit criteria, please review the process for inquiring about the information reported by an institution or simply email your inquiry to stars@aashe.org.