Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 47.61
Liaison Tracy Edwards
Submission Date June 12, 2016
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STARS v2.0

Frostburg State University
AC-1: Academic Courses

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 10.35 / 14.00 Henry Bullamore
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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 1,001 221
Number of sustainability courses offered 5 0
Number of courses offered that include sustainability 130 37

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:

The data is based on courses that have been reviewed for sustainability content and included in the approved curriculum for the minor in Sustainability Studies and other academic programs presented as sustainability related degree programs. This includes required core courses, foundation courses, and elective courses. However, purely technical supporting courses were excluded (such as technical writing or statistics). In addition, special topics and internship courses that might or might not have a sustainability element are excluded.

For the purposes of counting courses, all listed courses with a SUST (Sustainability Studies) code were listed as sustainability courses. Other courses in the various programs were listed as sustainability related, along with some additional courses not yet incorporated in the sustainability related curriculums in the 2015-2017 catalog. For the purposes of departments participating, course identifiers were the primarily means used. However, courses from two minor programs are included although the do not have "department" status on our campus at present.

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 are in the process of creating a special topics course in sustainability to allow for rapid adjustment of changing trends. Such offering with substantially different content would be considered different courses in the future, but this has not become a factor yet.

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

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

Does the institution designate sustainability courses on student transcripts?:

The university created the course prefix of SUST and several courses are designated this way.

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