Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 53.85
Liaison Ruairi O'Mahony
Submission Date May 1, 2015
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University of Massachusetts Lowell
AC-1: Academic Courses

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 6.99 / 14.00 Juliette Rooney-Varga
Director & Associate Professor
Climate Change Initiative & Biological Sciences
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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 1,226 650
Number of sustainability courses offered 27 13
Number of courses offered that include sustainability 53 23

Number of academic departments (or the equivalent) that offer at least one sustainability course and/or course that includes sustainability (at any level):
21

Total number of academic departments (or the equivalent) that offer courses (at any level):
31

Number of years covered by the data:
Two

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):
Please see attachment

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:
UMass Lowell reviewed each course offered by the University in the context of challenges of the Earth Charter which include: I. Respect and Care for the Community of Life II. Ecological Integrity III. Social and Economic Justice IV. Democracy, Nonviolence and Peace Courses that address multiple elements of the Earth Charter challenges throughout the duration of the course were considered Sustainability Courses. Courses that addressed single elements of the Earth Charter challenges for a unit of time were considered to Include Sustainability.

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

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

Does the institution designate sustainability courses in its catalog of course offerings?:
No

Does the institution designate sustainability courses on student transcripts?:
No

Data source(s) and notes about the submission:
The URL provides a partial list of the courses with sustainability content.

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