Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 77.18
Liaison Daimon Eklund
Submission Date Oct. 12, 2018
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

University of Washington, Seattle
AC-1: Academic Courses

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 12.15 / 14.00 Claudia Frere-Anderson
UW 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 10,143 9,117
Number of sustainability courses offered 961 559
Number of courses offered that include sustainability 2,338 1,635

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 :

Using the Earth Charter, we identified 30 search terms for each of the spheres of sustainability (economic, social, environmental) for a total of 90 search terms. We queried the UW course catalogue using these search terms. Original result produced over 8,000 courses. 700+ were excluded for being non-related to sustainability, approximately 3,500+ were identified as duplicates resulting from courses identified by multiple search terms. This left approximately 4,800 courses. These courses were then reviewed and identified as either sustainability-focused or sustainability-related. Courses such as "Topics in...", "Survey on...", "Special Topics", capstones, research, etc. were identified as sustainability-related. Departments with courses that appeared in the course list were tabulated for departments that include at least one course in sustainability.

How were courses with multiple offerings or sections counted for the figures reported above?:
Other (please describe below)

A brief description of how courses with multiple offerings or sections were counted (if different from the options outlined above):

Courses with multiple sections/times were counted as a single course. Some courses are cross-listed in multiple departments; these are counted as a separate course.

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 No
Performance arts Yes

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

Data source(s) and notes about the submission:

See notes above.

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