Overall Rating Bronze - expired
Overall Score 26.10
Liaison Rachael Budowle
Submission Date April 29, 2019
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STARS v2.1

University of Wyoming
AC-1: Academic Courses

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 5.03 / 14.00 Rachael Budowle
Campus Sustainability Committee Chair
Haub School of Environment and Natural Resources
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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 3,144 2,420
Number of sustainability courses offered 8 6
Number of courses offered that include sustainability 84 39

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 :

"Sustainability Courses" and "Sustainability-related Courses" (for both undergraduate [1000-4000 level] and graduate [5000 and above] levels) were first identified by searching key words in UW's course catalogs (Academic Year 2017-18 were the most recent available catalogs), and then individually evaluating courses to determine what category they fit in (and if they were suitable to be as "sustainability" or "sustainability-related" at all, according to the course description). Key words used included "sustainability," "environment," "conservation," "equity," "social justice," "efficiency," "climate change" and "renewable."

We will also note that the number of departments defined in this credit differs from the number reported in credit AC09: Research and Scholarship. This is due to the fact that several courses are housed outside of any specific academic departments - accordingly, per the STARS Technical Manual, we defined these instances as their own separate departments. Accordingly, while this credit reports 61 departments, AC09 only reports 52 departments.

How were courses with multiple offerings or sections counted for the figures reported above?:
Other (please describe below)

A brief description of how courses with multiple offerings or sections were counted (if different from the options outlined above):

Course offerings for each identified sustainability or sustainability-related course were identified for Summer 2018, Fall 2018, and Spring 2019 terms (i.e. yes/no if the course was offered for each individual term, with the number of sections being considered irrelevant). Courses were counted once per term offered (courses offered in the summer, fall and spring would count thrice), and courses not offered in any of the terms were removed from the inventory. Courses offered multiple times per term would only count once for that term (this is the same method used by the UW Office of the Registrar to count the total number of courses offered at UW).

Cross-listed courses were counted for each subject under which they were listed (with "cross-listed" meaning the course was listed under multiple subjects). Dual-listed courses were counted separately in the undergraduate and graduate sections (with "dual-listed" meaning the course is offered as both an upper-level undergraduate course and as a graduate course).

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 Yes
Performance arts Yes

The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:

Additional documentation to support the submission:

Data source(s) and notes about the submission:

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