Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 67.61
Liaison Makayla Bonney
Submission Date Feb. 26, 2020

STARS v2.2

Indiana University Bloomington
AC-1: Academic Courses

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 7.07 / 14.00 Makayla Bonney
Assistant Director
Sustain IU
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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 24,358 3,546
Number of sustainability-focused courses offered 726 55
Number of sustainability-inclusive courses offered 539 105

Percentage of courses that are sustainability course offerings:
5.11

Total number of academic departments that offer courses:
61

Number of academic departments with sustainability course offerings:
46

Percentage of academic departments with sustainability course offerings:
75.41

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?:
One

A brief description of the methodology used to complete the course inventory :

Departments doesn't match PRE-5 because IUIE - IU Information Environment, uses slightly different department codes.

The course inventory was extracted from the IU Bloomington Course Bulletin for courses offered in academic year 2019, filtered to show only courses that had been allowed to be scheduled. Internships, Readings, Independent Studies were removed. We first filtered course numbers and codes against a list of known sustainability courses. With the remaining courses, the title, and, where available, course descriptions was then filtered according to Sustain-IU defined Sustainability Keywords. Each course description was read to identify if it truly was a sustainability course.

We also combed this list for courses connected to the IU Office of Sustainability's Sustainability Community of Practice . These are courses whose faculty have undergone a three day workshop to learn how to incorporate sustainability themes in new or existing curricula. This has been a successful program at IU, and has led to the incorporation of sustainability themes in courses that are not traditionally thought of as relating to the environmental sector, such as Fine Arts and Spanish.

Courses that examine a sustainability problem using two of the three domains (environmental, economic, and social) were labeled Sustainability Courses. If a course description referenced climate change, it was automatically labeled a Sustainability Course. Course descriptions that offer tools for solving a sustainability problem as defined by the UN Sustainable Development Goals, or approached a sustainability problem from only one domain were labeled Sustainability Inclusive Courses. We found the UN SDGs to be a helpful tool in determining sustainability curricula.


How were courses with multiple offerings or sections counted for the figures reported above?:
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:

Courses offered multiple times were counted in multiples in both the numerator and denominator of the above figures.


Website URL where information about the sustainability course offerings is available:
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Additional documentation to support the submission:
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This department count doesn't match PRE-5 and AC-9 because IUIE - IU Information Environment, the dataset we use to complete this credit, uses slightly different department codes. The individual department code (and counts) are explained in the second tab of the attached spreadsheet.

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