Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 75.41
Liaison Marianne Martin
Submission Date March 23, 2018
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STARS v2.1

University of Colorado Boulder
AC-7: Incentives for Developing Courses

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Russell Moore
Professor, Associate Vice Chancellor, Vice Chancellor
Integrative Physiology, Vice Chancellor-Research/Dean-Grad School
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Does the institution have an ongoing program or programs that offer incentives for faculty in multiple disciplines or departments to develop new sustainability courses and/or incorporate sustainability into existing courses?:

A brief description of the program(s), including positive outcomes during the previous three years (e.g. descriptions of new courses or course content resulting from the program):

Yes, the First Year Seminars offer an array of courses faculty are paid to develop--including sustainability-focused and related courses. Examples of sustainability-focused courses include, "Environment and Science Communication", "Building Sustainable Communities", Toxins in Our Environment",and "Science of Sustainability". Surveys of the students indicate that 92% of students would recommend these courses to other students and the overall evaluation of the courses was "Excellent" according to the faculty course questionnaires at the end of the semester.


A brief description of the incentives that faculty members who participate in the program(s) receive:

First-Year Seminars - The FYS series provides a $6,000 incentive for faculty to develop courses that focus on first-year students and topics of relevance to these students. One area of particular interest has been the development of courses focusing on sustainability. The focus of this area is to enhance the student's ability to place sustainability in a larger context as well as communicate the goals of sustainability to others.


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

Additional documentation to support the submission:

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