Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 58.55
Liaison Amy Brunvand
Submission Date April 5, 2017
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University of Utah
IN-1: Sustainability Course Designation

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.50 / 0.50 Amy Brunvand
Office of Sustainability
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Does the institution formally designate sustainability courses in its standard course catalog or listings?:

A brief description of the formal sustainability course designation program, including the methodology used to identify and approve courses for inclusion:

ENVST and SUST designations enable students to identify sustainability courses in the standard course catalog listings.

Sustainability-focused courses that are part of the Interdisciplinary Environmental & Sustainability Studies (ENVST) program are cross-listed with their home department. ENVST is an interdisciplinary Program with 5 faculty members, offering electives from 7 different colleges and 22 departments across campus.

The Sustainability Education Advisory Committee developed a SUST (sustainability) designation which was approved in 2014 for interdisciplinary courses. that are not tied to a single department. There are currently only two courses listed under SUST. There is an intention to allow faculty to apply for SUST designation for their courses, but information about earning a SUST designation is not yet available.

Does the institution designate sustainability courses on student transcripts?:

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

"Proposal to Establish an Interdisciplinary Graduate Certificate in Sustainability." (2014)
URL: http://curriculum.utah.edu/degrees/_pdf/certificates/gradcert_sustainability.pdf

New Course Designator Request
This proposal requests a new course prefix of SUST (“Sustainability”) for the core courses that are not tied to a single department. These courses are (1) broadly interdisciplinary, (2) involve co-teaching and/or involvement of multiple faculty from different departments, and (3) do not belong to any one department or college, and as such there is no other appropriate existing course designator. The SUST prefix will be associated with an official UGS (Undergraduate Studies) course designator, and student credit hours (SCH) generated through the SUST core courses will be returned to the department of the course instructor…. All courses with the SUST designator will go through an annual review and approval process through the Interdisciplinary Graduate Certificate in Sustainability Advisory Committee and the GCSC Executive Committee (a group of interdisciplinary faculty that includes representation from all of the affiliated Colleges). [p. 12-13]

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