Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 65.91
Liaison Elizabeth Swiman
Submission Date Dec. 19, 2018
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STARS v2.1

Florida State University
AC-1: Academic Courses

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 12.79 / 14.00 James Hunt
Institutional Research
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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 2,694 2,613
Number of sustainability courses offered 129
+ Date Revised: July 16, 2019
+ Date Revised: July 16, 2019
Number of courses offered that include sustainability 394
+ Date Revised: July 16, 2019
+ Date Revised: July 16, 2019

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):
+ Date Revised: July 16, 2019

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 :

In gathering data, FSU Institutional Research pulled course information from Campus Solutions, the student information system at FSU. The following key words were used to identify potential sustainability courses and/or courses that included sustainability, pulling from online course catalog: sustainable/sustainability, green, eco, global, conservation, remediation, systems, design, environment/environmental, water, resource(s), energy, ecology, resource/resources, natural, water, contaminant/contamination, coastal, marine, geography, chemistry, hydraulic, social/issues, population, leadership, planning, development, health, collective, community, food, urban, ethics, development, policy, economics, politics, and transportation. Staff from the Sustainable Campus Office then examined each output using the criteria below to determine if a class is a sustainability course or a course that includes sustainability.
Sustainability Courses: The main focus of the class is sustainability and/or the course discusses two out of the three dimensions of sustainability.

Courses that include sustainability: Class focused on another topic, but includes one of the components of sustainability or focused on one of these areas: social, environment, or economic.

Sustainability is inherently about connectivity, specifically between the environment, economic systems, and equity. As such, for a course to be determined a ‘sustainability course’ it must identify and describe the relationship between at least two of the three pillars of sustainability or be focused entirely on sustainability. It is essential for the course to articulate the intersections of the pillars of sustainability, highlighting the relationship and influence one system has on another. A course that is focused on one of the pillars of sustainability, i.e. biology or social justice, and includes a section incorporating another pillar, but does not focus on the concept of sustainability itself is categorized as a course that includes sustainability.
I.E. while economic systems are an aspect of sustainability, a typical economics class will only cover one dimension of sustainability. However, an economics class that focuses on the intersection of the environment covers two dimensions and would be considered a ‘sustainability course.’ An economic class that includes a section on environmental economics would be considered a course that includes sustainability.
Sustainability course identification is an iterative process and courses may be updated as FSU develops new digital systems to categorize course content. The sustainability course inventory will continue to change and may not be a complete list of all sustainability courses offered at FSU.

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 No
Practicums No
Independent study No
Special topics Yes
Thesis / dissertation No
Clinical No
Physical education No
Performance arts No

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Additional documentation to support the submission:

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