Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 67.47
Liaison Debbie Andres
Submission Date Aug. 26, 2016
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STARS v2.0

San Jose State University
EN-11: Continuing Education

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 4.58 / 5.00 Katherine Cushing
Director of Sustainability
Office of the President
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Does the institution offer continuing education courses that address sustainability?:

Number of continuing education courses offered that address sustainability:

Total number of continuing education courses offered:

A copy of the list and brief descriptions of the continuing education courses that address sustainability:
A list and brief descriptions of the continuing education courses that address sustainability:

San José State University’s Open University program allows adults from outside the university to enroll in university courses on a space-available basis and gain college credit. Therefore, all our courses and courses that address sustainability, less supervision courses such as directed reading, independent study, and thesis research are listed.

Open University students can grow professionally, enrich their lives, prepare for a career change, or give university life a try. Former San José State University students, SJSU alumni, members of the general community and disqualified students from SJSU or elsewhere may take courses.

Does the institution have at least one sustainability-themed certificate program through its continuing education or extension department?:

A brief description of the certificate program:

Several sustainability-focused certificate programs are available to non-matriculated students and include a certificate in Environmental Planning and Transportation and Land Use Planning from Urban and Regional Planning (website details are below)


Both of the above programs are available through SJSU Open University.

The College of Business' Certificate in Transportation Management is a 12-unit program that offers two options. It is similarly available to non-matriculated adults in the community. Students may take any four courses listed among the six required courses in the MSTM program, or they may take three required courses and one elective. The CTM program is ideal for students who may not be ready to pursue the full Masters program, but who wish to advance their transportation careers.


Year the certificate program was created:

The website URL where information about sustainability in continuing education courses is available :

SJSU does not have separate course listings for continuing education. Instead, non-degree seeking students are allowed to enroll in almost any SJSU courses provided they meet prerequisites and space is available. Therefore, an alternate method of calculating this credit was necessary.

In 2011, based on conversations with AASHE staff, the number of sustainability-focused or -related courses in which any Open University students were enrolled was divided by the total number of SJSU courses with Open University students enrolled to arrive at a reasonable estimate of the percentage of sustainability-focused or related continuing education courses accessible to the community. For our current STARS submission, we employ an even more conservative approach for this round of the audit, estimating that about 50% of all SJSU courses offered were open on a space-available basis to interested adult community members who met course prerequisites. We then used the percentage of sustainability courses derived in AC-1 as the multiplier to calculate an estimate of sustainability courses offered through continuing education.

More information about SJSU's Open University can be found at the following URL:

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.