|Submission Date||Dec. 19, 2017|
AC-1: Academic Courses
|13.35 / 14.00||
Urban Affairs and Planning
Figures required to calculate the percentage of courses offered by the institution that are sustainability course offerings:
|Total number of courses offered by the institution||2,963||1,807|
|Number of sustainability courses offered||324||201|
|Number of courses offered that include sustainability||214||137|
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 :
NOTE: In the attached excel, there are three tabs--undergraduate courses, graduate courses, and departments.
Use of 2016-2017 Undergraduate Course Catalog and Academic Policies (http://www.undergradcatalog.registrar.vt.edu/1617/course-descriptions.html) and the Graduate Catalog 2016-2017 (https://secure.graduateschool.vt.edu/graduate_catalog/programs.htm) along with the Virginia Tech definition of sustainability as dictated by the Virginia Tech Climate Action Commitment (VTCAC) in order to determine what courses are sustainability focused and sustainability related.
According to the VTCAC (http://facilities.vt.edu/content/dam/facilities_vt_edu/sustainability/climate-action-commitment.pdf ) we define sustainability as follows:
Sustainability is the simultaneous pursuit of environmental quality, economic prosperity, and social justice and equity, through action, education, and engagement to address current needs without compromising the capacity and needs of future generations.
Virginia Tech serves as a model community for a sustainable society. Sustainability is an integral part of the fabric of the university as it pursues enhanced economic stability and affordability, diversity and inclusion, environmental stewardship, expansion of knowledge, and education of future leaders.
The pursuit of sustainability is achieved through Virginia Tech's administration; physical environment and operations; student life and experience; campus culture and behavior; and academic learning, discovery, and engagement.
How were courses with multiple offerings or sections counted for the figures reported above?:
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)|
|Thesis / dissertation||No|
The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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