Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 59.65
Liaison Mark Klapatch-Mathias
Submission Date Feb. 26, 2016
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University of Wisconsin-River Falls
AC-1: Academic Courses

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.60 / 14.00 Greta Gaard
Coordinator, Sustainability Faculty Fellows
English
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Figures required to calculate the percentage of courses with sustainability content::
Undergraduate Graduate
Total number of courses offered by the institution 2,235 284
Number of sustainability courses offered 27
+ Date Revised: March 25, 2016
0
+ Date Revised: March 25, 2016
Number of courses offered that include sustainability 32
+ Date Revised: March 25, 2016
0

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

Total number of academic departments (or the equivalent) that offer courses (at any level):
30

Number of years covered by the data:
Three

A copy of the institution’s inventory of its course offerings with sustainability content (and course descriptions):
An inventory of the institution's course offerings with sustainability content (and course descriptions):

Please see the uploaded Sustainability Learning Outcomes Project course inventory as well as the list of other course offerings with sustainability content below.
http://www.uwrf.edu/Sustainability/Curriculum/Curriculum.cfm


The website URL where the inventory of course offerings with sustainability content is publicly available:
A brief description of the methodology the institution followed to complete the course inventory:

A faculty survey was administered to the Deans and Chairs of all departments in 2008 to assess sustainability-focused and -related courses. The survey is included as an appendix in the Sustainable Campus Community Plan.


How did the institution count courses with multiple offerings or sections in the inventory?:
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):

See public note section below.


Which of the following course types were included in the inventory?:
Yes or No
Internships Yes
Practicums No
Independent study Yes
Special topics Yes
Thesis/dissertation No
Clinical No
Physical education Yes
Performance arts Yes

Does the institution designate sustainability courses in its catalog of course offerings?:
No

Does the institution designate sustainability courses on student transcripts?:
No

The total number of Undergraduate and Graduate courses offered by the institution listed above includes all lectures, seminars, labs, and discussions. These numbers reflect a higher number than the individual, unique course offerings, since many courses offer labs, lectures, discussions, etc. to encompass the single course.
*Conversely, the courses offering sustainability content were counted as one, regardless of the amount of offerings or sections.

In 2015, 28 sustainability courses were taught between Spring and Fall Semesters. It is noted because the 43 courses listed at the top include these 28, along with courses listed on the link for 2013 and 2014. In some cases, multiple sections were offered in 2015 which resulted in 32 courses. CHEM 236, 2 sections; ENGL 200, 2 sections; and TED 252, 5 sections (between Spring and Fall). For purposes of the course total though, multiple sections were not included.

In terms of the number of courses that include sustainability, only the same 43 that are noted as actual sustainability courses are counted as there is no good way to determine at this time the number of courses (Stifter).

In regard to the number of academic departments, the department was counted only once, even if it taught multiple sustainability courses or sections. This number is also based on 2013-2015 info and comes from the link noted above for 2013 and 2014 as well as the information confirmed by the Registrar for 2015. (Stifter)

Additional Responsible parties:
Mary Wright, Faculty
Greta Gaard, Faculty
Janet Hansen, Registrar's office

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