Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 66.48
Liaison Abraham (Avi) Henn
Submission Date Sept. 28, 2020

STARS v2.2

Northern Arizona University
AC-1: Academic Courses

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 7.69 / 14.00 Matthew Muchna
Sustainability Manager
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 2,009 788
Number of sustainability-focused courses offered 132 66
Number of sustainability-inclusive courses offered 24 14

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 :

The Provost's office and the Office of Curriculum, Learning Design and Academic Assessment reviewed the entire NAU catalog and classified sustainability courses using the UN Sustainability Goals and the AASHE Sustainability definition as the guideline.

Step 1: Used the following list of search strings (a string means all characters must be present in the string for it to pull the course) to query our course descriptions and course titles:
• Accountable consumption
• Accountable production
• Clean energy
• Climate change
• Conserv
• Economic justice
• Efficien
• Environmental
• Global warming
• Green
• Hunger
• Impoverish
• Inequ
• Steward
• Poverty
• Public health
• Responsible consumption
• Responsible production
• Social justice
• Sustain
Note that SQL assumes a “wild card” on each end of the search string – i.e., “Sustain” will retrieve “Sustainable,” “Sustainability,” “Sustaining,” and “Sustains.” Also, the SQL is coded to ignore upper- and lower-case.

Step 2: Course titles and descriptions were reviewed. Duplicates were removed. Many courses are offered at different levels at NAU, and they are different courses, as they include different content and skills, depending on level, even if the title is the same. For example, a course that is a 200-level, 400-level and 500-level course is taught with three different course designs to cover the material for different audiences. Taking one of these courses by a student precludes the ability to take the course at a different level.

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:

Website URL where information about the sustainability course offerings is available:

Additional documentation to support the submission:

Reporting done by the Provost Office.

I am currently working with University Marketing to create a specific web-page of all the Sustainability course offerings at NAU to better show case our majors, minors, certificates, and graduate sustainability offerings.

Information provided by: laurie.dickson@nau.edu

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