Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 76.81
Liaison Aaron Durnbaugh
Submission Date March 6, 2020

STARS v2.2

Loyola University Chicago
AC-1: Academic Courses

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 12.25 / 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 5,312 1,201
Number of sustainability-focused courses offered 785 66
Number of sustainability-inclusive courses offered 777 49

Percentage of courses that are sustainability course offerings:

Total number of academic departments that offer courses:

Number of academic departments with sustainability course offerings:

Percentage of academic departments with sustainability course offerings:

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?:

A brief description of the methodology used to complete 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 identified from the list of courses taught during the full 2019 year (January, Spring, Summer, Fall). 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:

A complete listing of all courses from 2019 was provided by the Registrar. (N = 12,117).
All Thesis, Practicum, Clinical, Internship, Independent Research, Dissertation, Performance, Fieldwork, Doctoral and Masters Study were removed.
All Cancelled Sections and Zero Enrollments were removed.
This left us with N= 6,513 courses.
This list was cross-referenced with the results of the 2017 Faculty survey described above. These courses were assigned "Sustainability-focused" or "Sustainability-Inclusive" designations and tabulated.
This was then evaluated to see which of the academic departments offered these courses.
It should be noted that all of the 14 Schools and Institutes offered at least one sustainability course.
246 Unique Classes: 59 at Graduate, 187 at Undergrad.
1677 Sections: 115 Grad, 1562 Undergrad.

Website URL where information about the sustainability course offerings is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:

Classes not considered for this review:
+Listed courses that were cancelled.
+Anything with zero "0" for enrollment.
+Internships, Clinical, Practicum, Thesis, Independent Research, Performance.
+Anything titled "Dissertation Study, Doctoral Study, Masters Study, Directed Reading" was removed.
+Seminars without a title or theme.

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.

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