Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 69.54
Liaison Mike Versteege
Submission Date June 30, 2017
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University of Alberta
EN-12: Continuing Education

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 5.00 / 5.00 Kurt Borth
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Office of Sustainability
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Does the institution offer continuing education courses that address sustainability?:

Total number of continuing education courses offered:

Number of continuing education courses offered that address sustainability:

Percentage of continuing education courses that address sustainability:

A copy of the list and brief description of the continuing education courses that address sustainability:
A list and brief description of the continuing education courses that address sustainability:

This Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) explores Indigenous histories and contemporary issues in Canada. Taught from Indigenous perspectives, this course explores key issues facing Indigenous people today from a historical and critical perspective, highlighting national and local Indigenous-settler relations. Indigenous Canada is for students and learners with an interest in acquiring a basic familiarity with Aboriginal/non-Aboriginal relationships in Canada.

Do the figures reported above cover one, two, or three academic years?:

Does the institution have at least one sustainability-themed certificate program through its continuing education or extension department?:

A brief description of the certificate program(s), including the year the program was created:


Sustainability 101 is a series of one-day short courses designed to support increased knowledge, capacity, and skills for sustainability in rural communities. Based upon a five-pillar model of sustainability (governance, economic, social, environmental, cultural), these courses focus upon the nature, origins, relevance and application of the complex core concepts of sustainability and community development. Complete all five Sustainability 101 courses (Governance for Sustainability, Economics & Sustainability, Environmental Sustainability, Cultural Sustainability, and Social Sustainability) in any order to earn your Certificate in Rural Sustainability from the University of Alberta's Augustana Campus.


This certificate program is offered through the Faculty of Extension. It increases familiarity and competence in the dynamics of environmental resource management. The program includes strategies and techniques of environmental planning and management, as well as the biological, physical, social, economic and institutional implications of resource decisions. Students also become familiar with various quantitative methods of analysis and aids to decision making. These courses blend theory and practical exercises to help students develop a comprehensive set of skills. The program offers a thorough background in air, water, and soil processes, as well as environmental monitoring, climate change, biotechnology, instrumentation, and experimental design.


The university's Applied Land Use Planning program supports the learning needs of professionals in the area of municipal government planning, development, and bylaw enforcement. Designed to match the complexity of a variety of municipal government planning needs, this program allows students to use theories and models as a means to address problems, apply critical thinking, and develop a cooperative spirit for their day-to-day professional activities.

The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:

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Katy Campbell
Faculty of Extension

Christie Schultz
Assistant Dean/Academic
Faculty of Extension

Lars K. Hallström
Professor/Political Studies
Director of the Alberta Centre for Sustainable Rural Communities

The Faculty of Extension is the primary source of continuing education credits at the University of Alberta. Although additional continuing education courses were offered outside the Faculty of Extension, the total number of these courses was not available through the Office of the Registrar, so they were not included in the list of continuing education sustainability courses. Extension courses were counted as sustainability courses if their online descriptions met the STARS criteria for sustainability-focused or sustainability-related courses.

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