Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 54.34
Liaison Elaine Goetz
Submission Date March 11, 2015
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STARS v2.0

Ohio University
AC-1: Academic Courses

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.56 / 14.00 Annie Laurie Cadmus
Director of Sustainability
Office of Sustainability
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Figures required to calculate the percentage of courses with sustainability content::
Undergraduate Graduate
Total number of courses offered by the institution 4,012 2,415
Number of sustainability courses offered 13 8
Number of courses offered that include sustainability 64 11

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

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

Number of years covered by the data:

A copy of the institution’s inventory of its course offerings with sustainability content (and course descriptions):
An inventory of the institution's course offerings with sustainability content (and course descriptions):

The website URL where the inventory of course offerings with sustainability content is publicly available:
A brief description of the methodology the institution followed to complete the course inventory:

An initial survey was sent to all faculty participating in the Common Experience Project on Sustainability (CEP-S) to pilot the survey to be sent to all faculty, regardless of their participation in CEP-S. That survey provided an initial baseline of sustainability courses currently being offered at Ohio University.
Using survey responses, the initial course list was created. In an effort to gather a more comprehensive and accurate list of sustainability related and focused courses, an Office of Sustainability student employee was tasked with searching through the Ohio University course offerings database and searched for key words to add more courses to the list.

How did the institution count courses with multiple offerings or sections in the inventory?:
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):

Which of the following course types were included in the inventory?:
Yes or No
Internships No
Practicums Yes
Independent study Yes
Special topics Yes
Thesis/dissertation No
Clinical No
Physical education ---
Performance arts Yes

Does the institution designate sustainability courses in its catalog of course offerings?:

Does the institution designate sustainability courses on student transcripts?:

The total number of academic departments differs within this credit from the number reported for IC-3: Academics and Demographics because sustainability-focused and related courses are offered within academic divisions that do not meet the Ohio University's definition of "academic department". For example, the Voinovich School of Leadership and Public affairs is not an academic department; however, the school houses all environmental studies courses, therefore the Voinovich School was counted as an academic department for the purpose of this credit.

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