Overall Rating Platinum - expired
Overall Score 85.29
Liaison Tonie Miyamoto
Submission Date March 23, 2015
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STARS v2.0

Colorado State University
AC-1: Academic Courses

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 14.00 / 14.00 Nik Olsen
Assistant Director of Administrative Communications
Office of the President
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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 2,368 1,946
Number of sustainability courses offered 82 65
Number of courses offered that include sustainability 442 380

Number of academic departments (or the equivalent) that offer at least one sustainability course and/or course that includes sustainability (at any level):
54

Total number of academic departments (or the equivalent) that offer courses (at any level):
58

Number of years covered by the data:
One

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):

Please see attached Excel spreadsheet. Worksheet 1 lists undergraduate courses. Worksheet 2 lists graduate courses.


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:

Our methodology approach was taken directly from the STARS technical manual.

Sustainability courses are indicated in our inventory and have a primary and explicit focus on sustainability. Many of these courses are endorsed by our School of
Global Environmental Sustainability (SoGES), which entails a detailed review and approval process by the SoGES Curriculum Development Committee (http://sustainability.colostate.edu/education/ges-endorsed-courses).

All courses that include sustainability are indicated on our inventory and are courses that have a primary focus other than sustainability but incorporate or integrate sustainability challenges, activities, service learning, research, and/or case studies. As a land grant institution, many of these courses offer field experience and/or hands-on research or laboratory learning opportunities. Our methodology followed both the STARS technical manual as well as our campus definition of sustainability, which includes environmental, social, and economic considerations.


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):

We counted each course that was offered for the 2014-2015 academic year just once and did not factor in courses that have multiple sections or are offered multiple times each academic year.


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

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

Does the institution designate sustainability courses on student transcripts?:
No

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 and complete the Data Inquiry Form.