Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 65.48
Liaison Amy Brunvand
Submission Date Oct. 21, 2020

STARS v2.2

University of Utah
AC-1: Academic Courses

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 8.62 / 14.00 Adrienne Cachelin
Associate Director, Global Change and Sustainability Center
Environmental & Sustainability Studies
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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 4,713 1,671
Number of sustainability-focused courses offered 57 27
Number of sustainability-inclusive courses offered 306 152

Percentage of courses that are sustainability course offerings:

Total number of academic departments that offer courses:

Number of academic departments with sustainability course offerings:

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 complete the course inventory :

Sustainability Course Attributes (SUSC, SUSL) first appeared in the General Catalog and Course Schedule in Summer 2018.

The inventory includes one academic year, Fall 2018-Summer 2019.

Sustainability courses include:

1) Sustainability-Focused courses. Definition: have earned a SUSC course attribute
2) Sustainability-Limited courses. Definition: have earned a SUSL course attribute
3) Sustainability Inclusive Description. Definition: the course description includes sustainability language significantly related to SDGs or placemaking in the Salt Lake/Wasatch Front region.

Graduate and undergraduate courses are numbered as follows:
--1000-2999= Lower Division
--3000-5999= Upper Division
--6000+ = Graduate Level

The inventory excludes course as allowed by the STARS Technical Manual. Courses with the following numbers were automatically excluded.
(e.g. Honors Thesis/Project, Special Topics, Independent Study, Directed Reading, Dissertation. MS Project, Special Studies, Undergraduate Research, Innovation Scholar, Faculty Consultation, Research, Directed Study, Labs, Music lessons, etc...)

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:

Website URL where information about the sustainability course offerings is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:


Sustainability Course Attributes
URL: https://sustainability.utah.edu/education/faculty-resources/earning-a-sust-designation/

Sustainability—Limited (SUSL): Course content incorporates a unit or module on sustainability or a sustainability challenge, includes one or more sustainability-focused activities, or integrates two of the three sustainability concepts throughout the course.

Sustainability—Complete (SUSC): Course content identifies and describes the relationship between the course topic, equity, economy, and environmental dimensions.

Institutional re-organization since 2017 STARS has increased the number of academic divisions.

MD ID 6500 Introduction to Global Health Principles (SUSL) is an interdepartmental course available to all medical students in good standing. This designation allows all School of Medicine Departments to be included in the list of Departments that offer all students a sustainability course. Credit IN-38 describes the formal program for sustainability course designation.


General Catalog and Class Schedules.
URL: http://www.utah.edu/students/catalog.php
Course descriptions and SUSC/L course designations are listed in the General Catalog and in the Course Schedules each semester.

OBIA provided spreadsheets with the number of course sections for a one-year period (Fall 2018- Summer 2019).

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 or simply email your inquiry to stars@aashe.org.