Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 46.90
Liaison Hannes Gerhardt
Submission Date March 30, 2018
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

University of West Georgia
AC-1: Academic Courses

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 7.07 / 14.00 Hannes Gerhardt
Sustainability Director
Department of Geosciences
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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 4,080 803
Number of sustainability courses offered 55 13
Number of courses offered that include sustainability 450 8

Percentage of courses that are sustainability course offerings:
10.77

Total number of academic departments (or the equivalent) that offer courses (at any level):
29

Number of academic departments (or the equivalent) that offer at least one sustainability course and/or course that includes sustainability (at any level):
12

Percentage of academic departments with sustainability course offerings:
41.38

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?:
Two

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 :

Based on title and course description a list of courses was developed that reflected course offerings containing either a sustainability focus or component. This list was shared with the all-faculty listserv for comment and feedback; either to dispute a categorization or to add courses that were left off. Feedback was researched and processed and final changes were made to the list. The Office of Institutional Effectiveness and Assessment provided the data on all the course offerings in the last two fiscal years. The average of the course counts of each year was used and presented here.


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):
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Are the following course types included in the inventory? :
Yes (included) or No (not included)
Internships No
Practicums Yes
Independent study No
Special topics Yes
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:
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The inventory of courses attached above includes the list of courses that have a sustainability focus or component, as well as a spreadsheet that shows the total occurrences of these courses.

This inventory is based on two years -- FY2015-16, and FY2016-17. The numbers of courses are averages of the two years.

The average total number of courses offered by UWG was 4365 undergrad and 1141 grad courses. The totals used above are less due to excluding certain courses, as indicated above.

Departments with sustainability courses: ACCT, PHYS, ANTH, BIOL, CHEM, ENGL, GEOG, Early Childhood, MGNT, POLS, PSYC, SOCI

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.