Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 51.72
Liaison Alex Frank
Submission Date Aug. 1, 2019
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

University of Wisconsin-Madison
AC-1: Academic Courses

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 5.88 / 14.00 Alex Frank
Sustainability Analyst
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 3368 1362
Number of sustainability courses offered 34 4
Number of courses offered that include sustainability 197 51

Percentage of courses that are sustainability course offerings:
6.05

Total number of academic departments (or the equivalent) that offer courses (at any level):
152

Number of academic departments (or the equivalent) that offer at least one sustainability course and/or course that includes sustainability (at any level):
79

Percentage of academic departments with sustainability course offerings:
51.97

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?:
One

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 :

First, we obtained a list of the 4730 credit-bearing courses taught at UW-Madison during FY18. This list included supervised internships, practicums, and courses covering independent study, special topics, thesis development, clinical skills, and performance art. In this list, courses that were open both to undergraduate and graduate students were designated as undergraduate courses for the purposes of this report.

Then, we developed a set of search terms (e.g., "sustainability," "inequality," and "climate change") derived from the STARS sustainability course definition and UN Sustainable Development Goals. Using these search terms, we shortened the list to roughly 350 courses that might be sustainability-related due to the presence of the search team in their description. We then supplemented this list with any course required for sustainability degree or certification programs that were not identified in the initial search.

Each course title and description on this refined list was then reviewed by a faculty-staff team from the Office of Sustainability. In some cases, this team needed further research in order to make the decision whether the course was appropriately categorized as a sustainability course or a course that includes sustainability.

Finally, additional courses that include sustainability were identified by faculty and staff during review and validation of the STARS report. The final list of courses is included in the attachment to this credit.


How were courses with multiple offerings or sections counted for the figures reported above?:
Each course was counted as a single course regardless of the number of offerings or sections

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 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:
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Additional documentation to support the submission:
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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.