Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 59.16
Liaison Rebecca Walker
Submission Date Feb. 6, 2014
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Southern Oregon University
ER-5: Sustainability Course Identification

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 3.00 Roxane Beigel-Coryell
Sustainability & Recycling Coordinator
Facilities Management & Planning
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Has the institution developed a definition of sustainability in the curriculum?:

A copy of the institution's definition of sustainability in the curriculum?:

SOU broadly defines sustainability as achieving increased well-being for humanity over time through an equitable and sustained utilization of critical natural capital. The SOU definition includes sustainability goals set forth by 1) the U.N. World Commission on Environment and Development (1987 Brundtland Commission) which indicated that sustainable development will “meet the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs,” and 2) the intertwined “economic, social and environmental elements” of sustainability, which AASHE incorporates into its definition of sustainability. SOU is committed to fostering sustainability efforts across the university at the administrative, operational, academic, and student activism levels. Recognizing the complex relationships between humans and their environments, we also seek to inspire and inform the next generation of leaders to practice a more restorative form of capitalism in all sectors of society.

Sustainability-focused courses at Southern Oregon University concentrate on the concept of sustainability—including its social, economic, and environmental dimensions—or examine an issue “using sustainability as a lens” throughout the course. Sustainability-related courses at SOU relate to an aspect of sustainability, or include sustainability as part of the course.

Has the institution identified its sustainability-focused and sustainability-related course offerings?:

A brief description of the methodology the institution followed to complete the inventory:

A preliminary review of the SOU course catalog was conducted to identify courses that were candidates for designation as either sustainability-focused (SF) or sustainability-related (SR) courses based on the course descriptions. A list of potential SF or SR courses and their course descriptions was compiled. The Education and Research Subcommittee of the Sustainability Council evaluated the courses based on the stated learning outcomes and course objectives associated with each course and developed an initial list of sustainability courses. This year we built upon that list by surveying faculty using the qualitative snowball approach.

Does the institution make its sustainability course inventory publicly available online?:

The website URL where the sustainability course inventory is posted:

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