Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 74.09
Liaison Merry Rankin
Submission Date Aug. 30, 2019
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

Iowa State University
AC-1: Academic Courses

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 14.00 / 14.00 Merry Rankin
ISU Director of Sustainability
Facilities Planning & Management
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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 4986 3705
Number of sustainability courses offered 125 74
Number of courses offered that include sustainability 928 678

Percentage of courses that are sustainability course offerings:
20.77

Total number of academic departments (or the equivalent) that offer courses (at any level):
169

Number of academic departments (or the equivalent) that offer at least one sustainability course and/or course that includes sustainability (at any level):
155

Percentage of academic departments with sustainability course offerings:
91.72

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 :

To create our baseline directory, all courses offered by the university were assessed by LiveGreen student interns via descriptions available within the Iowa State Course Catalog, and designated as either a "focused" course (i.e. "sustainability course") or "related" course (i.e. "course that includes sustainability") per AASHE Standards and terms. Courses chosen were verified by academic departments via email correspondence for confirmation for inclusion.

Courses may be listed in the directory multiple times, due to cross-listings among academic departments and colleges. Multiple listings ensures full representation to students of sustainability classes available within their majors and degree programs.

The directory is updated annually via partnership with the Registrar's office and corrected to reflect new and discontinued course opportunities.


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):

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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 Yes
Performance arts Yes

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