Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 74.38
Liaison Lisa Kilgore
Submission Date March 1, 2018
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STARS v2.1

Cornell University
IN-1: Sustainability Course Designation

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.50 / 0.50 Mark Lawrence
Communications Mgr
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Does the institution formally designate sustainability courses in its standard course catalog or listings?:

A brief description of the formal sustainability course designation program, including the methodology used to identify and approve courses for inclusion:

Professors have the option to tag their courses in the course catalog (http://courses.cornell.edu/content.php?catoid=28&navoid=7303) using one (or as many as are applicable) of the following tags: Sustainability (CU-SBY) (http://courses.cornell.edu/preview_program.php?catoid=28&poid=14566), Community-Engaged Learning (CU-CEL), International Study (CU-ITL), and Undergraduate Research (CU-UGR).

The sustainability criteria are as follows: "Primary focus is on sustainability from economic, energy, social, and environmental perspectives" or "Course includes sustainability as a unit or module, or integrates sustainability issues into course content."

The registrar's office does not ask the professor to choose between these two definitions, but rather to tag their course as a sustainability course if either definition applies. The registrar then goes through the tagged sustainability list and compares it to the full list of courses. If there are courses that seem to include sustainability content but have not been tagged by the professor, the registrar's office will reach out to the professor for confirmation. If confirmation is received, the registrar's office will manually tag the course. If the professor responds that the course does not include sustainability or does not respond at all, the course is not tagged.

Does the institution designate sustainability courses on student transcripts?:

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