Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 68.74
Liaison Kathleen Crawford
Submission Date July 28, 2014
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STARS v2.0

Florida Gulf Coast University
AC-1: Academic Courses

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 13.43 / 14.00 Katie Leone
Sustainability Coordinator
Environmental Health & Safety
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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 1,259 259
Number of sustainability courses offered 10 2
Number of courses offered that include sustainability 250 20

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:

This inventory was orchestrated through the Department of Environmental Health & Safety. To begin, a group of faculty members and the Sustainability Coordinator crafted a definition of sustainability as it pertains to academic research at FGCU. The following definition was agreed upon and is in line with the Earth Charter's definition: "Research that address distributing social, economic, and environmental resources in ways that make them equitably available for humans, other organisms, and future generations. These teaching activities are universal and any discipline could participate." This definition and a copy of the AASHE STARS definitions of "a sustainability course" and "a course that includes sustainability" from the Standards and Terms section of the 2.0 Technical Manual were distributed to any person identifying courses for this inventory for guidance.

To identify undergraduate courses, Undergraduate Academic Advisors worked with Deans and Associate Deans in their colleges to identify courses from the Fall 2013 and Spring 2014 terms that would qualify.

Graduate courses for the Fall 2013 and Spring 2014 terms were identified as a joint effort between the following: The Dean of Graduate Studies, Academic Department Chairs, Graduate Program Leaders, Academic Advisors and the Environmental Heath & Safety Office.

How did the institution count courses with multiple offerings or sections in the inventory?:
Each offering or section of a course was counted as an individual course

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 No
Practicums No
Independent study No
Special topics No
Thesis/dissertation No
Clinical Yes
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?:

Department Abbreviations on inventory spreadsheet

College of Arts and Science (CAS)
1. Biological Sciences (BIOL)
2. Chemistry & Physics (CHEM)
3. Communication & Philosophy (COM)
4. Justice Studies (CCJ)
5. Language & Literature (ENGL)
6. Marine & Ecological Sciences (MAEC)
7. Mathematics (MATH)
8. Public Affairs (PAD)
9. Phycology (PSYC)
10. Social & Behavior Sciences (SOC & SSCI)
11. Visual & Performing Arts (CART & MUS)

College of Health Professionals and Social Work (CHPSW)
12. Nursing (NUR)
13. Counseling
14. Health Sciences (HSC)
15. OT & Community Health (OTH)
16. PT & Human Performance
17. Social Work (SOW)

College of Education (COE)
18. Leadership (LEAD)
19. Teacher Ed & Research (TER)
20. Curriculum Instruction & Culture (CIC)

Lutgert College of Business (LCOB)
21. Accounting (ACC)
22. Economics & Finance (FIN & ECO)
23. Information Systems & Operations Management & Marketing (ISOM)
24. Resort and Hospitality Management (RHM)
25. Management (MAN)

Whitaker College of Engineering (WCE)
26. Bioengineering & Software Engineering (BSE)
27. Environmental & Civil Engineering (ECE)

Undergraduate Studies (UGS)
28. Colloquium (COL)
*(Honors is a department of UGS, but is not listed because its courses and research are counted through other departments for AC-1 and AC-9 of this report)

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.