Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 65.76
Liaison Mark Klapatch-Mathias
Submission Date Feb. 21, 2018
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

University of Wisconsin-River Falls
AC-1: Academic Courses

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 9.54 / 14.00 Mark Klapatch
Sustainability and Custodial Supervisor
Facilities Management
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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 1,154 222
Number of sustainability courses offered 60 0
Number of courses offered that include sustainability 98 0

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 :

Staff in the Office of Sustainability read every course description offered by the university. Any course that sounded like it may be sustainability focused or may include sustainability was flagged. Sustainability focused courses consisted of any courses that specifically aimed to teach students about sustainability by addressing social/economic and environmental/ecological dimensions. Courses that include sustainability are courses that do not directly focus on sustainability, but rather include one more dimensions of sustainability, look at a given topic through the lens of sustainability, or look at a sustainability topic through the lens of a different topic.

Once the initial courses were identified, staff discussed how each should be designated. If staff had differing views of whether it was a sustainability course, included sustainability, or did not include sustainability, the lower option was always used to be conservative. They then looked up each course individually in the course catalogs to determine the last year each course was taught. Some courses will count no matter who teaches them so the course descriptions is followed by (All) in the course inventory. Others are only sustainability focused or include sustainability if a specific faculty member went through the Kinnickinnic Project to redesign that specific course.

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):

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 No
Clinical No
Physical education Yes
Performance arts Yes

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

The website listed only includes courses that are a result from the Kinnickinnic Project. All other courses can be found in the excel document.

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 or simply email your inquiry to stars@aashe.org.