Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 79.39
Liaison Yolanda Cieters
Submission Date March 5, 2021

STARS v2.2

Seattle University
AC-1: Academic Courses

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 14.00 / 14.00 Yolanda Cieters
Sustainability Manager
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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 1,081 680
Number of sustainability-focused courses offered 117 24
Number of sustainability-inclusive courses offered 305 162

Percentage of courses that are sustainability course offerings:
34.53

Total number of academic departments that offer courses:
45

Number of academic departments with sustainability course offerings:
42

Percentage of academic departments with sustainability course offerings:
93.33

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?:
One

A brief description of the methodology used to complete the course inventory :

METHODOLOGY FOR CREATION OF AY 19-20 COURSE INVENTORY WITH CATEGORIZATIONS SUSTAINABILITY-FOCUSED, SUSTAINABILITY-INCLUSIVE, NO SUSTAINABILITY (see attached Excel sheet):
The total number of courses offered by SU in AY19-20 were obtained from the Institutional Research database. The "sustainability-focused courses", "sustainability-inclusive" or “no sustainability” courses were extracted from this master list as follows:
o Review of the course descriptions by 1 staff and 2 students using the definition of sustainability-focused or sustainability-inclusive (including the definition of "sustainability challenge") as provided in the STARS technical manual. -> first categorization was made
o In summer 2020, a survey was sent to faculty for STARS credit AC9 (inquiring about sustainability research) which also included a question about teaching sustainability courses. We incorporated the responses in the course inventory and our initial categorizations were updated accordingly.
o We sent our list with categorizations to all program chairs of all schools/colleges at SU and asked to verify. We incorporated those responses in the course inventory and our initial categorizations were updated accordingly.
The final inventory of courses and their categorizations can be found in the attached Excel sheet.

EXPLANATION OF COUNTED OR EXCLUDED COURSES IN COURSE INVENTORY:
Courses that are excluded from the count are:
(1) Individually directed courses (independent study, internships, research projects, thesis/doctoral projects, study abroad, simulations, senior synthesis, capstones)
(2) Strictly practice-oriented courses (labs, practicums, field experience, studios)
(3) Duplicate courses - Duplicate courses refer to courses with multiple sections of the same course. For example, ACCT-2300 may have been offered twice in the fall, three times in the winter, and once in the spring. This means that there would be 6 total ACCT-2300 reflected in the data. Only one of these sections would be counted and categorized as sustainability focused/inclusive.
--EDPD courses were also not included because they are non-degree granting, non-credit courses or programs.
--Special topics courses with no course description or section short title were not included in the count. This is because they were unable to be differentiated from one another and therefore it is impossible to tell if they were duplicates or not.
NOTE 1: Cross listed courses were counted as separate courses, not duplicates, and received their own sustainability ratings.
NOTE 2: University Core (UCOR) courses were determined to be duplicates through the SEC_COMMENTS column. If courses had the same name in that column, any sections following the first would be considered a duplicate and would therefore not be included.


How were courses with multiple offerings or sections counted for the figures reported above?:
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:

All duplicate courses were removed from the total list of courses. Duplicate courses refer to courses with multiple sections of the same course. For example, ACCT-2300 may have been offered twice in the fall, three times in the winter, and once in the spring. This means that there would be 6 total ACCT-2300 reflected in the data. Only one of these sections has been counted and categorized.
NOTE: University Core (UCOR) courses were determined to be duplicates through the SEC_COMMENTS column. If courses had the same name in that column, any sections following the first would be considered a duplicate and would therefore not be included.


Website URL where information about the sustainability course offerings is available:
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