Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 74.27
Liaison Kimberly Reeves
Submission Date Feb. 15, 2018
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STARS v2.1

University of Colorado Colorado Springs
AC-1: Academic Courses

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 9.72 / 14.00 David Havlick
Asst Professor/ Director Sustainable Development Minor
Department of Geography and Environmental Studies
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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 1,310 629
Number of sustainability courses offered 101 24
Number of courses offered that include sustainability 55 16

Percentage of courses that are sustainability course offerings:

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

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

Percentage of academic departments with sustainability course offerings:

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?:

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 :

Working from the 2016-2017 course catalog, the Sustainability Programs Manager, three student employees, and the Director of the Sustainable Development minor evaluated all of the course descriptions and flagged content that indicated an emphasis on sustainability for the course or some inclusion of sustainability principles in the course. Courses were also sorted by graduate and undergraduate level; 4000-level courses that may be taken for either grad or undergrad credit were counted as undergrad. With the addition of the sustainability flagged general education requirement in 2014, the Compass Curriculum has a detailed list of sustainability courses, located here: https://www.uccs.edu/compasscurriculum/approved-courses/sustainability

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):

The above is correct along with the clarification that cross-listed courses were only counted once in one of the departments offering the course.

Are the following course types included in the inventory? :
Yes (included) or No (not included)
Internships No
Practicums No
Independent study No
Special topics Yes
Thesis / dissertation No
Clinical Yes
Physical education No
Performance arts Yes

The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:

The following have been identified as departments for this assessment by our Institutional Research department for a total of 27 academic departments.

17 LAS:
Anthropology, Biology, Chemistry, Communication, Economics, English, Geography, History, Languages & Cultures, Mathematics, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, Visual & Performing Arts, Women’s & Ethnic Studies

Electrical & Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering

Elementary Education, Secondary Education, Special Education

Nursing, Health Sciences

1 SPA:
Public Affairs


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