Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 59.88
Liaison Alex Frank
Submission Date April 14, 2022

STARS v2.2

University of Wisconsin-Madison
IN-38: Sustainability Course Designation

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.50 / 0.50 Alex Frank
Sustainability Analyst
Office of Sustainability
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A brief description of the formal sustainability course designation program:

Creation of the “sustainability” course attribute was motivated by student interest and a student call for easy identification of course work that relates to sustainability. It provides an opportunity for units offering such courses, if they so choose, to make it easy for students to find courses that include a focus on learning about sustainability.

A course with the sustainability course attribute is required to include at least two of the following course learning outcomes among those for the course. The stem of each learning outcome is fixed. However, instructors can tailor the ending of each outcome to fit their instructional goals.

Students will be able to:

I. Explain the social, economic, and/or environmental dimensions of the sustainability challenge(s) of ... *
* Examples: “extinction of species and biodiversity,” “global health issues in developing countries,” “business organizations,” or “providing electricity”.

II. Apply sustainability principles and/or frameworks to addressing the challenge of ...**
** Examples: ‘ending poverty,” “clean water and sanitation,” “climate change,” “sustainable cities and communities,” “affordable and clean energy” or “quality education.”

III. Analyze the causes of and solutions for the sustainability challenge of …***
*** Examples: ‘ending poverty,” “clean water and sanitation,” “climate change,” “sustainable cities and communities,” “affordable and clean energy” or “quality education.”

IV. Analyze sustainability issues and/or practices using a systems-based approach.

V. Describe the social, economic, and environmental dimensions of ...**** and identify potential trade-offs and interrelationships among these dimensions at a level appropriate to the course.
****Examples: “crop planting,” “climate change,” “ending poverty,” “affordable and clean energy.”

VI. Use sustainability principles for developing personal goals and professional values.

An approved course attribute is then included in the Guide (https://guide.wisc.edu/courses/#coursedesignationstext) and as a search option during course selection and enrollment.


A copy of the official course catalog where the sustainability course designations appear:
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Website URL for the official course catalog where the sustainability course designations appear:
Does the institution designate sustainability courses on student transcripts?:
No

Additional documentation to support the submission:
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