Overall Rating Platinum - expired
Overall Score 85.56
Liaison Tonie Miyamoto
Submission Date Feb. 7, 2017
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

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 offered by the institution that are sustainability course offerings:
Undergraduate Graduate
Total number of courses offered by the institution 2,293 1,533
Number of sustainability courses offered 95 69
Number of courses offered that include sustainability 409 397

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 :

Our methodology approach was taken directly from the STARS 2.1 technical manual. We inventoried the 2016-2017 course catalog to identify sustainability courses and courses that include sustainability. We then developed a database with the courses and worked with the Provost to ask each Department Chair on campus to review the courses to edit descriptions, remove courses that were not being offered and/or did not meet the criteria, and add courses that may have been missed during the course catalog inventory. The final database is attched along with our methodology.

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.

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):

We counted each course that was offered for the 2016-2017 academic year just once and did not factor in courses that have multiple sections or are offered multiple times each academic year.

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 source(s) and notes about the submission:

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.