Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 51.92
Liaison Ilda Hershey
Submission Date May 15, 2018
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STARS v2.1

Oklahoma State University
AC-1: Academic Courses

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 9.51 / 14.00 Ilda Hershey
Sustainability Coordinator
OSU Physical Plant
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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 2,188 535
Number of sustainability courses offered 45 22
Number of courses offered that include sustainability 157 105

Percentage of courses that are sustainability course offerings:

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

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

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 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 :

We reviewed the entire course catalogue to determine which courses met the criteria established by the OSU Curriculum Task Force for sustainability-focused and sustainability-related content. Sustainability-focused courses concentrate on the concept of sustainability, including its social, economic, and environmental dimensions, or examine an issue or topic using sustainability as a lens. These courses provide grounding in the concepts and principles of sustainability and how the different dimensions of sustainability support each other – both in theory & practice. Sustainability-related courses incorporate sustainability as a distinct course component or module or concentrate on a single sustainability principle or issue. These courses help build on the knowledge of sustainability or introduce components of sustainability. They may complement sustainability-focused courses by providing students with in-depth knowledge of a particular aspect or dimension of sustainability or by providing a focus area for a student’s sustainability studies, or they may broaden students' understanding of sustainability from within different disciplines.

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):

Each course was counted as a single course regardless of the number of offerings or sections; 18 of the courses were offered for both undergraduate and graduate credit. Of these 18 courses (which are represented twice in the inventory), 5 are sustainability-focused and 13 are sustainability-related.

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:

IRIM records, Kristen Ball, Ilda Hershey.

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