Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 71.76
Liaison Mike Versteege
Submission Date Oct. 10, 2014
Executive Letter Download

STARS v1.2

University of Alberta
OP-T2-40: Materials Online

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.25 / 0.25 Kimberly Uniat
Marketing and Communications Manager
Office of the Registrar
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Is the institution's default not to print course catalogs, course schedules, and directories, but instead make these materials available online?:

A brief description of the practice:


All University of Alberta course schedules and registration directories are available online, accessible only by current students for course registration purposes using an online tool called Bear Tracks. An annual academic calendar, a major publication that includes admission procedures and deadlines, academic regulations, programs of study, academic standards, degree requirements, general University policies and codes, for both undergraduate and graduate students, is also available online. However, this online calendar is public.

In 2014, the University discontinued the print version of the calendar and is focusing efforts on delivering a new, improved online University Calendar for the future.

The Office of the Registrar, a major source of academic related student services, has shown that there has been substantial progress in using the online system, as evidenced by the reduced number of printed calendars they have required every year:

- In 2013/14 academic year, zero calendars were printed.
- In 2012/13 academic year, 9,000 calendars were printed.
- In 2011/12 academic year, 12 000 calendars were printed.
- In 2009/10 academic year, 15 000 calendars were printed.
- In 2006/07 academic year, 24 000 calendars were printed.
- In 2005/06 academic year, 25 000 calendars were printed.


The University of Alberta also operates an online staff directory where anyone can easily “Find a Person” electronically. This directory also reduces printing demands.

The website URL where information about the practice is available:

Data source(s) and notes about the submission:

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.