Overall Rating Bronze
Overall Score 37.54
Liaison Krista Bailey
Submission Date Dec. 17, 2020
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

Indiana University South Bend
AC-1: Academic Courses

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 9.02 / 14.00 Deb Marr
Director
Sustainability Studies Program
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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 1,419 131
Number of sustainability courses offered 42 5
Number of courses offered that include sustainability 167 25

Percentage of courses that are sustainability course offerings:
15.42

Total number of academic departments (or the equivalent) that offer courses (at any level):
35

Number of academic departments (or the equivalent) that offer at least one sustainability course and/or course that includes sustainability (at any level):
15

Percentage of academic departments with sustainability course offerings:
42.86

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 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 :

The course inventory was extracted from the IUSB Course Bulletin for courses offered in academic year 2018-2019 (Fall 2018, Spring 2019, Summer 2019).

Courses that have been approved for the Bachelor of Arts degree in Sustainability Studies, Sustainability Studies minor, and Graduate Certificate in Strategic Sustainable Leadership are listed in the first Excel spreadsheet. The second Excel spreadsheet shows which of these courses were offered in 2018-2019.

The third spreadsheet includes courses that examine two of the three domains in Sustainability (environmental, economic, and social). These courses indirectly address Sustainability issues through approaching complex societal problems from an interdisciplinary perspective. These courses were identified by using search terms included in the course description, following the method used by IU Bloomington.

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 Courses That Include Sustainability. 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 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):

N/A


Are the following course types included in the inventory? :
Yes (included) or No (not included)
Internships Yes
Practicums Yes
Independent study Yes
Special topics Yes
Thesis / dissertation No
Clinical No
Physical education No
Performance arts No

The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:

The course inventory was retrieved from the IUSB Course Bulletin for courses offered in academic year 2018-2019.
http://bulletins.iu.edu/iusb/2018-2019/index.shtml

Trends can be found at the following site: https://tableau.bi.iu.edu/t/prd/views/SectionsTaughtTrendsandComparisons/SectionsTaughtTrends?%3Aembed=y#5.

To asses the total number of courses offered by IUSB for undergraduate and graduate level programs a total course inventory was created as a spread sheet. The courses and course descriptions for the Sustainability Studies program and courses

The spreadsheet was filtered to show undergraduate and graduate courses separately. The course inventory used to create the spreadsheet was retrieved from the IUSB Course Bulletin for courses offered in academic year 2018-2019. http://bulletins.iu.edu/iusb/2018-2019/index.shtml

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