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Liaison Jenny McNamara
Submission Date Feb. 11, 2011
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STARS v1.0

Portland State University
ER-5: Sustainability Course Identification

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete Expired Noelle Studer-Spevak
Sustainability Coordinator
FADM

Criteria

Part 1

Institution has developed a definition of sustainability in the curriculum.  The definition was developed by a committee comprised of at least three faculty members who teach courses in different departments.  The committee may include students, staff, and other stakeholders as well.  The definition does not have to be formally adopted. 

In order to report on other STARS Curriculum credits, the definition of sustainability in the curriculum should distinguish between courses that focus or concentrate on the concept of sustainability throughout the course and courses that relate to an aspect of sustainability or include sustainability as part of the course. 

  • 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. 
  • Sustainability-related courses incorporate sustainability as a distinct course component or module or concentrate on a single sustainability principle or issue.

Part 2

Institution has identified its sustainability-focused and sustainability-related course offerings.  Each institution is free to choose a methodology to identify sustainability courses that is most appropriate given its unique circumstances.  Asking faculty or departments to self-identify sustainability courses using the definition in Part 1 or looking at the stated learning outcomes and course objectives associated with each course may provide a richer view of sustainability course offerings than simply reviewing course descriptions, but it is not required. 

Part 3

Institution makes its sustainability course inventory publicly available online.  The identification can be incorporated into the course catalog or posted as a stand-alone document. 


Applicability

This credit applies to all institutions.


Scoring

Each part of the credit is scored independently.  A total of 3 points are available for this credit. 

Part 1

Institutions earn 1 point for meeting the criteria outlined above.  

Part 2

Institutions earn 1 point for meeting the criteria outlined above.  

Part 3

Institutions earn 1 point for meeting the criteria outlined above.


Measurement

Timeframe

Report on the most recent definition adopted and inventory completed.  The inventory may cover courses offered during the previous one, two, or three years.    

Sampling and Data Standards

Not applicable

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.