Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 58.55
Liaison Amy Brunvand
Submission Date April 5, 2017
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STARS v2.1

University of Utah
AC-1: Academic Courses

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 5.99 / 14.00 Amy Brunvand
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 4,537 3,157
Number of sustainability courses offered 323 82
Number of courses offered that include sustainability 0 0

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 :

University of Utah Institutional Analysis provided a count of course sections.

Courses with Sustainability content were identified from the General Catalog including
1) Courses that are part of sustainability programs identified in AC-3 and AC4 (except general science courses)
2) Courses with titles that match the STARS criteria.
3) Courses with language in the course description that matches the STARS criteria.

We used the course catalog to identify courses and did not attempt to identify other courses with sustainability in the syllabus

In order to count the number of sections, sustainability course numbers were compared to courses listed on "Allocation of Student Credit Hours" reports for F2015, Sp2016, Sum 2016.

Total number of courses is taken from Allocation of Student Hours reports for one academic cycle (Fall 2015, Spring 2016, Summer 2016).

1000-2999= Lower Division
3000-5999= Upper Division
6000+ = Graduate Level
X7XX, X8XX, X9XX : courses not counted (e.g. Honors Thesis/Project, Special Topics, Independent Study, Directed Reading, Dissertation. MS Project, Special Studies, Undergraduate Research, Innovation Scholar, Capstone Project, Faculty Consultation, Research, Directed Study, Labs, Seminars, Music lessons, etc...)

We did not count "courses that include sustainability" because we don't have an inventory of course syllabuses or a mechanism to collect them at this time.

How were courses with multiple offerings or sections counted for the figures reported above?:
Each offering or section of a course was counted as an individual course

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 No
Practicums No
Independent study No
Special topics No
Thesis / dissertation No
Clinical No
Physical education No
Performance arts No

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


Course descriptions are from the General Catalog and Class Schedules, http://www.utah.edu/students/catalog.php

Number of course sections for a one-year period (Fall 2015- Summer 2016) was obtained from the Office of Institutional Analysis.

Number of sustainability course sections was determined by matching sustainability course numbers with "Allocation of Student Credit Hours" reports for Fall2015-Summer 2016.

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.