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Overall Score 84.99
Liaison Pierre Lemay
Submission Date Dec. 12, 2019
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STARS v2.1

Universite Laval
AC-1: Academic Courses

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 9.46 / 14.00 Pierre Lemay
Development Advisor
Office of the Vice Rector, External and International Affairs and Health
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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 4,469 1,269
Number of sustainability courses offered 320 44
Number of courses offered that include sustainability 98 45

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 :

Based on Arnim Wiek, Withycombe and Redman’s “Key competencies in sustainability: a reference framework for academic program development” (2011), a mandated work group at Université Laval produced an evaluation grid for courses and programs. These grids have been submitted to teachers responsible for specific courses and heads of programs in order to make an inventory of courses and programs related to sustainability. Three different levels of integration of SD in courses were proposed to teachers (sensitization, introduction, in-depth), in-depth courses were considered sensibility courses for STARS purposes. All these courses in SD are regrouped and promoted under one label (SD-courses) : https://www.ulaval.ca/les-etudes/cours/repertoire.html?attributs=DEDU&page=0

The list of courses in sustainability is the result of auto-evaluations by responsible teachers, using a well-anchored theoritical questionnaire that addresses the development of key competencies in sustainability (KCS) as inscribed in their syllabus. This means there’s a learning outcome in SD related to those courses, written in the course’s syllabus and as evaluated by the responsible teacher.

Sustainability courses at Université Laval respects the criteria C in G. Standards and Terms p.34 of the technical manual, as these courses provide "skills to address sustainability-related problems".

For more details around the methodology we used, please write to daniel.forget@vraeis.ulaval.ca. As well, a paper about our methodology has been published : « Implementing Sustainability in the Classroom at Université Laval » (Richard, Forget et Gonzalez, 2017).

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 (if different from the options outlined above):

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

There are 63 academic departments where courses can be identified in SD. Seven other departments are either « direction departments » with research-related courses (thesis, internships, research…) or « art performance / clinical departments ». As all courses from these departments were exluded from our lists of courses in SD (exclusions proposed in technical manual, p. 32), we removed departments as well, as per definition, their contents are excluded from analysis.

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.