Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 57.55
Liaison Michelle Larkins
Submission Date Dec. 20, 2018
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STARS v2.1

Pacific University
IN-1: Sustainability Course Designation

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.50 / 0.50 Michelle Larkins
Director of the CSS
Center for a Sustainable Society
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Does the institution formally designate sustainability courses in its standard course catalog or listings?:

A brief description of the formal sustainability course designation program, including the methodology used to identify and approve courses for inclusion:

In order to be formally designated as a sustainability course, the class is reviewed by faculty appointees across the School of Arts and Humanities, the School of Natural Sciences, and the School of Social Sciences. Members of this committee are appointed by school directors. Assignments, reading lists, and course content must demonstrate congruence with the three learning outcomes that were formally adopted by the College of Arts and Sciences.

While some of these classes appear as possibilities for credit in majors across CAS, they are distinguished as part of our Undergraduate Core in the course catalog, and on our website. Because sustainability is part of our mission, all undergraduates take a sustainability course, regardless of their major.

Students search and register for all classes using our Online Course Catalog, that they access using their Boxer ID and password. A print screen of this is below, showing how a student could indicate the semester they were interested in (e.g. Spring 2019) and to display all courses designated as Sustainability. Choosing these two parameters will yield all sustainability courses at the Undergraduate level.

Does the institution designate sustainability courses on student transcripts?:

The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:

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