Overall Rating Bronze
Overall Score 38.83
Liaison James Vollrath
Submission Date Dec. 16, 2019
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STARS v2.1

Texas State University, San Marcos
AC-1: Academic Courses

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 6.88 / 14.00 James Vollrath
Office of Sustainability
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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 1,293 1,786
Number of sustainability courses offered 22 30
Number of courses offered that include sustainability 134 76

Percentage of courses that are sustainability course offerings:

Total number of academic departments (or the equivalent) that offer courses (at any level):

Number of academic departments (or the equivalent) that offer at least one sustainability course and/or course that includes sustainability (at any level):

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 determine the total number of courses offered and to identify sustainability course offerings, including the definitions used and the process for reviewing and/or validating the course inventory :

The H.B. 2504 website for Texas State University was used for the total number of courses offered and to identify sustainability course offerings by going through one syllabi for Fall, Spring, and Summer 2017. In order to determine if a course was suited as a sustainable course or if the courses included sustainable learning outcomes, the team preformed a methodology to sift through all the data, in the following order; first look for key terms in the title of the course. If no key terms are in the title, then look at the course description provided by the university. If no key terms are in the description, look at the week by week break down by the professor and see if any lesson includes any of the key terms.
Key terms; environmental, environment, sustainable, energy, climate change, global warming, renewable, conservation, preservation, nature, pollution, population, ecology, landscape, etc.

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 (if different from the options outlined above):

Are the following course types included in the inventory? :
Yes (included) or No (not included)
Internships Yes
Practicums Yes
Independent study Yes
Special topics No
Thesis / dissertation Yes
Clinical No
Physical education No
Performance arts No

The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:

https://hb2504.txstate.edu/browsecourses.html This is the link to the H.B. 2504 website.

http://mycatalog.txstate.edu/graduate/ This link takes you to the graduate catalog. On the right side you will see the different colleges. By clicking on each college you will find the departments within that college. By clicking on those departments you will be able to see every course offered.

**Added Notes from Revision**
AC1 #1 Comment: The discrepancy of the number of academic departments is due to the incorrect count of majors within the departments versus the actual departments themselves. 48 departments were found in our corrections. The following departments are; College of Applied Arts Dept of (Aerospace Studies, Agricultural Sciences, Criminal Justice, Family and Consumer Sci, Military Science, Org, Wkfrce, & Ldrshp Studies, and Social Work = 7) McCoy College of Business Administration Dept of (Accounting, CIS and Quantitative Methods, Finance and Economics, Management, and Marketing = 5) College of Education Dept of (Cnslng, Ldrshp, Adult Ed., & Sch Psy, Curriculum & Instruction, Health and Human Performance = 3) College of Fine Arts & Comm Dept of (Art and Design, Communication Studies, Journalism & Mass Comm, Music, Theatre and Dance = 5) College of Health Professions Dept of (Clinical Laboratory Science, Communication Disorders, Health Administration, Health Information Mgmt, Nursing. St David's, Physical Therapy, Radiation Therapy, Respiratory Care = 8) College of Liberal Arts Dept of (Anthropology, International Studies, English, Geography, History, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, World Languages and Literatures = 10) College of Science and Engineering Dept of (Biology, Chemistry and Biochemistry, Computer Science, Engineering, Engineering Technology, Mathematics, Physics = 7) The Graduate College = 1, University College = 1, Honors College= 1. Of these 48 departments, 25 offer courses that are sustainability related.

AC1 #2 Comment: Titles to all courses have now been added. Due to human error courses were overlooked regarding titles. After a thorough review the course inventory has been modified in the following ways; there are now 22 courses in the undergraduate program that are sustainability- focused and 134 courses that refer to sustainability. The change from 21 to 22 and 133 to 134 was due to human error and a miscount during the final reporting. There are now 30 courses in the graduate program that are sustainability-focused and 76 courses that refer to sustainability. The change from 31 to 30 courses was due to human error and a miscount during the final reporting. The 76 courses that refer to sustainability was updated due to human error of miscounting and repeating some courses. Please review our new course inventory excel sheet title: "Course Inventory Revised" for further review.

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