Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 67.16
Liaison Mike Versteege
Submission Date June 24, 2020
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STARS v2.1

University of Alberta
AC-1: Academic Courses

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 8.88 / 14.00 Jasmine Farahbakhsh
Academic Sustainability Assistant
Sustainability Council
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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 3,573 1,661
Number of sustainability courses offered 133 32
Number of courses offered that include sustainability 293 73

Percentage of courses that are sustainability course offerings:
10.15

Total number of academic departments (or the equivalent) that offer courses (at any level):
76

Number of academic departments (or the equivalent) that offer at least one sustainability course and/or course that includes sustainability (at any level):
55

Percentage of academic departments with sustainability course offerings:
72.37

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?:
Three

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 definition and criteria for a “sustainability course” versus a “course that includes sustainability” is now included in Section G. Standards and terms of the credit AC-1 (henceforth the terms “sustainability-focused” and “sustainability related” courses will be used as equivalent terminology).

A pre-existing contact from each faculty (based on the 2017 course inventory) was sent the criteria for identifying sustainability-focused and sustainability-related courses, as well as the list of sustainability-focused and sustainability-related courses for their faculty from the 2017 course inventory. Where no contact existed for a department, this email was sent to the chair of the department. These contacts were asked to review and confirm that courses on the provided list still fit under each course category, and to identify any additional courses within their academic division that fit the criteria for sustainability-focused or sustainability-related courses.

Course descriptions and number of separate course offerings were gathered from the UAlberta course catalogue. Additional course information was also collected from department websites, instructors, and other department contacts.

A course was only included in the initial inventory of sustainability courses if one of the following conditions was met:

1) After reviewing the criteria for identifying sustainability-focused or sustainability-related courses, a department contact or content expert identified the course as being sustainability-focused or sustainability-related.

2) The course description in the course calendar met the criteria for sustainability-related or sustainability-focused courses; or the learning outcomes, objectives or topics described in the course syllabus met the criteria for sustainability-related or sustainability-focused courses.

3) The course had been previously identified as a sustainability-focused or sustainability-related course in another sustainability course inventory (e.g., STARS 2017 submission).

4) The course is identified as a core or elective course in the University of Alberta's Certificate in Sustainability.

Finally, we collated an inventory of all unique courses fitting the above criteria which had been offered at least once between the Fall 2017 semester and Winter 2020 semester inclusive. From this list, we removed all courses which fit the definitions for courses that could be excluded based on the criteria for AC-1. Examples of excluded courses include all independent studies (including “individual study”, “independent study and research”, “directed research project”, “directed studies”, “individual research projects”, “essays”, “honors essays”, and “Undergraduate research monitoring”), all special topics (including “topics” and “selected topics”), and all physical education and performance arts (including music and drama courses).

This list of total unique course offerings was compared to our list of sustainability focused and related courses in order to determine the final tally.


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):
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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:
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ADDITIONAL RESPONSIBLE PARTIES:

FACULTY OF AGRICULTURAL, LIFE AND ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES (ALES)
Jillian Pratt, Team Lead, Student Services
Rachel Lachman, Student Services Coordinator

FACULTY OF ARTS
Aidan Rowe, Associate Professor, Design Studies & Coordinator of Art & Design Fundamentals
Michelle Meagher, Associate Professor & Chair, Department of Women's and Gender Studies
Marie-Eve Morin, Professor & Chair of Philosophy
Jennifer Welchman, Professor of Philosophy and Co-Director, Mediating Science & Technology Faculty of Arts Signature Area

AUGUSTANA FACULTY
Amber Basarab, Student Academic Services & Experiential Learning Coordinator

ALBERTA SCHOOL OF BUSINESS
András Marosi, Associate Dean, Undergraduate Programs
Karim Jamal, Chair, Accounting, Operations, and Information Systems
Felipe Aguerrevere, Chair, Finance and Statistical Analysis
Robert Fisher, Acting Chair, Marketing, Business Economics, and Law
Laura Jackson, Department Administrator, Marketing, Business Economics, and Law
Peggy Gilchrist, Department Administrator, Marketing, Business Economics, and Law
Ian Gellatly, Chair, Strategic Management and Organization
Karen Lund, Department Assistant, Strategic Management and Organization

FACULTY OF ENGINEERING
Anthony Yeung, Professor & Associate Chair, Chemical and Materials Engineering Dept
Samer Adeeb, Professor & Associate Chair, Civil and Environmental Engineering Dept
Masoud Ardakani, Professor & Associate Chair, Electrical & Computer Engineering Dept
Other contributors from the Faculty of Engineering

FACULTÉ SAINT-JEAN
Sarah Pelletier, Faculty Service Officer, Director of the Science Laboratories and Chemistry Professor
Eva Lemaire, Professeure agrégée/Associate Professor

FACULTY OF KINESIOLOGY, SPORT, AND RECREATION (KSR)
Angela Bayduza, Associate Dean

FACULTY OF LAW
Hilary Edison, Curriculum Coordinator

FACULTY OF NATIVE STUDIES
Nathalie Kermoal, Associate Dean Academic

FACULTY OF NURSING
contribution

FACULTY OF REHABILITATION MEDICINE
Bernadette Martin, Associate Dean

SCHOOL OF PUBLIC HEALTH
Helen Starodub, Team Lead for the Office of Educational Programs

FACULTY OF SCIENCE
Stephen Johnston, Professor & Chair, Earth & Atmospheric Sciences Admin

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 and complete the Data Inquiry Form.