Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 75.77
Liaison Jenny McNamara
Submission Date March 1, 2022

STARS v2.2

Portland State University
AC-1: Academic Courses

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 11.12 / 14.00 Amanda Wolf
Program + Assessment Coordinator
Campus Sustainability Office
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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 4,631 1,498
Number of sustainability-focused courses offered 188 31
Number of sustainability-inclusive courses offered 477 98

Percentage of courses that are sustainability course offerings:

Total number of academic departments that offer courses:

Number of academic departments with sustainability course offerings:

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 complete the course inventory :

For FY21, PSU updated its methodology for assessing sustainability-focused and -inclusive classes in our course inventory. PSU is moving toward assessing ourselves more broadly against Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and our inventory assessment reflects this. Courses that met AASHE's criteria for Sustainability-Focused were marked as such. Courses that met an SDG goal were marked as Sustainability-Inclusive.

PSU obtained a full list of all courses for FY21 Fall, Winter, and Spring terms (summer was not included). From that complete list, PSU generally excluded individually-directed courses, courses with four or fewer students, courses that are strictly practice-oriented. PSU counted each section (occurrence) of a course as an individual course. Similarly, cross-listed courses were counted as separate courses.

How were courses with multiple offerings or sections counted for the figures reported above?:
Each offering or section of a course was counted as an individual course

A brief description of how courses with multiple offerings or sections were counted:

Website URL where information about the sustainability course offerings is available:
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Sustainability course identification is considered to be a work in progress. The posted sustainability course inventory is not a complete list of all sustainability courses offered at PSU.

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 or simply email your inquiry to stars@aashe.org.