Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 58.21
Liaison Jeannie Matheison
Submission Date Feb. 27, 2019
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

University of Idaho
AC-1: Academic Courses

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 7.20 / 14.00 Jeannie L. Matheison
Sustainability Center
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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 1,913 1,036
Number of sustainability courses offered 81 45
Number of courses offered that include sustainability 94 56

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 :

All active courses in the University of Idaho course catalog were categorized by subject in an Excel document. They were then separated into undergraduate or graduate level courses. The course descriptions were then critically examined for their potential relation to sustainability, and categorized as a “sustainability course”, “sustainability related”, or “neither.” The definition of "sustainability course" used for reference was: “courses in which the primary and explicit focus is on sustainability” while a sustainability related course was distinguished as “a course that is primarily focused on a topic other than sustainability, but incorporates sustainability within.” Once all of the courses were categorized, they were cross checked with the course catalog for the 2015-2016 and 2016-2017 academic years to identify which courses were offered by the university during this 2-year period. Upon completion of this analysis, the courses were classified by department and counted. The attached inventory contains only those courses that were identified as sustainability courses or sustainability related, complete with their course descriptions, department, undergraduate or graduate determination, and which semester(s) they were offered.

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):

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

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

Research completed by Maraya Hanson, a senior studying Environmental Science and UI Sustainability Center STARS Coordinator.

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.