Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 70.14
Liaison Aaron Durnbaugh
Submission Date Feb. 27, 2017
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

Loyola University Chicago
AC-1: Academic Courses

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 11.28 / 14.00 Aaron Durnbaugh
Director of Sustainability
Office of Sustainability
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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 6093 2818
Number of sustainability courses offered 869 82
Number of courses offered that include sustainability 388 45

Percentage of courses that are sustainability course offerings:
15.53

Total number of academic departments (or the equivalent) that offer courses (at any level):
79

Number of academic departments (or the equivalent) that offer at least one sustainability course and/or course that includes sustainability (at any level):
60

Percentage of academic departments with sustainability course offerings:
75.95

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 :

In Summer of 2016, a group of faculty and support staff convened for a set of meetings to discuss appropriate sustainability learning outcomes. Using existing literature and examples from other campuses, the group defined a set of learning outcomes to be used in evaluating courses, curriculum and research.
A survey in January of 2017 was distributed to all instructional faculty and employees and they self-reported if they taught courses during the current academic year that provided resources to meet any of these learning outcomes. These results were then used to estimate total sustainability courses and sustainability-related courses.
The courses identified in the survey were highlighted in the overall list provided by the registrar for all courses taught in AY17 (Fall, Winter, JTerm, Spring, Summer Terms). Also courses that were known to incorporate sustainability were identified. This was done by core curriculum requirements and departmental requirements.


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 (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 No
Performance arts No

The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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This survey is from January/February 2017. We run this survey every 3 years. This went out to 1689 faculty and instructors and was completed and submitted by 400 faculty. With this information we inferred the numbers that you see listed above.

If a course was identified by the faculty member to address one or more of the sustainability learning outcomes, it was considered sustainability related (1 or 2 outcomes) or sustainability focused (3+). This list was then cross-referenced with the full list of courses provided by the registrar to create the full count of courses.

The attachment provides the key for the learning outcomes on page 1.
On pages 1-11 you see the list of each sustainability-focused and -related courses and their descriptions, based on results of the survey and learning outcomes faculty identified as pertaining to the courses.
On pages 11+ you see each offering of the above-mentioned list of courses, which was used to determine the course counts above.

The information presented here is self-reported. While AASHE staff review portions of all STARS reports and institutions are welcome to seek additional forms of review, the data in STARS reports are not verified by AASHE. If you believe any of this information is erroneous or inconsistent with credit criteria, please review the process for inquiring about the information reported by an institution and complete the Data Inquiry Form.