Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 73.27
Liaison Brandon Trelstad
Submission Date March 4, 2016
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STARS v2.0

Oregon State University
AC-1: Academic Courses

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 11.55 / 14.00 Brandon Trelstad
Sustainability Coordinator
Sustainability Office
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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 840 572
Number of sustainability courses offered 69 44
Number of courses offered that include sustainability 100 63

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:

The process below was utilized to create OSU's FY13 course inventory. FY14 and FY15 report the same data due to staff limitations and data availability limitations and importantly, a recalibration of sustainability course assessment with the faculty. It was anticipated some updated data would be available for FY15, but the faculty process did not conclude until FY16. It is anticipated that the FY16 process will use a centralized reporting method that prompts instructors making any changes to curriculum in the new curriculum proposal system to be asked if the course may contain sustainability. This "checkbox" prompt will result in a data set that can be analyzed in real time by the Sustainability Office. This is anticipated to start in spring 2016.

For the original FY13 process, once the committee of faculty developed OSU's framework for evaluating sustainability course content, the following process was used to identify and categorize the courses:

Stage 1: Utilize curriculum proposal system to identify all new course for FY13
Stage 2: Evaluate course title
Stage 3: Evaluate course description
Stage 4: Evaluate syllabus
Stage 5: Complete form
Stage 6: Separate sustainability courses from courses with sustainability content

Information was processed by Sustainability Office staff, and when unclear, courses would receive a final review from Sonja Mae, Sustainability Program Specialist and Sustainability Instructor.

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 No
Independent study No
Special topics No
Thesis/dissertation No
Clinical No
Physical education No
Performance arts Yes

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

Does the institution designate sustainability courses on student transcripts?:

Due to changes in OSU's curriculum proposal system, a full analysis was not conducted for FY14 or FY15. Analysis from FY13 were used, and a full analysis will be conducted again for FY16. Please see more details below.

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.