Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 71.86
Liaison Elida Erickson
Submission Date March 23, 2016
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STARS v2.0

University of California, Santa Cruz
AC-1: Academic Courses

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 7.75 / 14.00 Shauna Casey
Sustainability Programs Manager
Sustainability Office
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Figures required to calculate the percentage of courses with sustainability content::
Undergraduate Graduate
Total number of courses offered by the institution 8,289 2,458
Number of sustainability courses offered 289 62
Number of courses offered that include sustainability 445 47

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

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

Number of years covered by the data:

A copy of the institution’s inventory of its course offerings with sustainability content (and course descriptions):
An inventory of the institution's course offerings with sustainability content (and course descriptions):
The website URL where the inventory of course offerings with sustainability content is publicly available:
A brief description of the methodology the institution followed to complete the course inventory:

The Department of Institutional Research, Assessment & Policy Studies generated a list of all graduate and undergraduate courses that were offered for the three previous academic years (2012-13, 13-14, 15-15).

The Deans sent out an email to their faculty and staff requesting that they review their department's offerings from this list of classes and identify those that fit the criteria of being a sustainability course or a course that includes sustainability (definitions and examples from technical manual were provided) and give a rationale for why a course was designated as either.

The Sustainability Office reviewed the department's response and when there was inconsistency between the faculty and staff categorization, they requested syllabi and/or talked to the instructor of the course in order to ascertain the degree to which sustainability played a role in the curriculum in order to make a final decision as to whether the course should be included and, if it was, how it should be categorized.

The final list was shared with Departments and submitted to AASHE STARS.

We included practicums and internships if they had a course code and multiple students were enrolled for credit. An internship was not included if it had a course code associated with it but only represented one individual's internship (rather than a course that places multiple students in internships but meets regularly as a cohort).

How did the institution count courses with multiple offerings or sections in the inventory?:
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):

For each course that the Department of Institutional Research, Assessment & Policy Studies identified in our reporting period, they noted how many times it was offered for each academic year we were reporting on and we reported that number in total courses above. For any sustainability course or course that includes sustainability that was identified, it was counted as many times as it was offered in the reporting period as well. Each course identified is counted the same number of times in the numerator and denominator of the course ratio.

Which of the following course types were included in the inventory?:
Yes or No
Internships Yes
Practicums Yes
Independent study No
Special topics Yes
Thesis/dissertation No
Clinical No
Physical education No
Performance arts Yes

Does the institution designate sustainability courses in its catalog of course offerings?:

Does the institution designate sustainability courses on student transcripts?:

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.