Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 65.05
Liaison Kimberly Reeves
Submission Date Feb. 15, 2021

STARS v2.2

University of Colorado Colorado Springs
AC-1: Academic Courses

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 8.33 / 14.00 Kimberly Reeves
Interim Director of Sustainability
Sustainability Office
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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 1,477 715
Number of sustainability-focused courses offered 77 20
Number of sustainability-inclusive courses offered 72 25

Percentage of courses that are sustainability course offerings:
8.85

Total number of academic departments that offer courses:
39

Number of academic departments with sustainability course offerings:
28

Percentage of academic departments with sustainability course offerings:
71.79

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?:
One

A brief description of the methodology used to complete the course inventory :

Working from the 2018-2019 course catalog, a student employee of the Office of Sustainability and the Interim Director of Sustainability evaluated all of the course descriptions and flagged content that indicated a focus or inclusive integration of sustainability. 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. The number of departments and overall sustainability course offerings are higher for a mid-size, state institution due to the general education requirement passed in 2014 requiring all undergraduate students to take one sustainability-flagged course.

Sustainability-flagged courses are reviewed by a committee of faculty to determine:
Integrated content or specific courses satisfying this requirement may focus may be either sustainability-focused, with a substantial concentration on concepts of sustainability, or sustainability-related, with a significant emphasis on fostering an integrated understanding of sustainability in a discipline-specific or broader set of contexts. Sustainability content/ concepts may be addressed in course content, required readings, course objectives, assignments, or activities, among other ways. Ideally, students will also learn how to apply sustainability concepts in their places of employment and other contexts beyond the classroom.

Student understanding of sustainability concepts is covered in AC 6 with the uploaded rubric used to assess a sample of submitted course documents.

The number of departments is different from PRE-5 due to:
- Kraemer Family Library staff conduct research, but do not teach courses on behalf of KFL
- Non-credit, CU Concurrent, and Registrar's Office Consortium Placeholders were removed


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:

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


Website URL where information about the sustainability course offerings is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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