Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 66.00
Liaison Jonna Korpi
Submission Date Nov. 4, 2019
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STARS v2.1

University of Minnesota, Duluth
AC-1: Academic Courses

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 9.48 / 14.00 Mindy Granley
Sustainability Director
UMD Office of Sustainability
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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 1,561 598
Number of sustainability courses offered 47 1
Number of courses offered that include sustainability 158 70

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 :

For 'sustainability courses', we started with used the current Liberal Education Requirements listing. After completing the list transfer, all class lists were gone through and any classes that were missed were added.

For 'courses that include sustainability', faculty in the UMD Sustainability Committee on Education, along with staff/interns in the UMD Sustainability office searched the course catalog to find courses that include sustainability. Follow-up emails and phone calls to faculty and Departmental Directors helped refine this list.

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:

Dec 2019 updates:
1) Final data updated by Ashlynn Teather (Summer 2019 GRA) and the AC-1 2019 spreadsheet uploaded on Dec 4, 2019. (Unfortunately, the first time around, a student had uploaded the 2016 STARS AC-1 spreadsheet.)
2) Academic Departments confirmed - Dept Count uploaded as supplemental documentation

QUESTION FOR STARS: Not sure if we should update IC-3 or leave # Depts there the same (as there are non-degree Depts at UMD.)


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