Overall Rating Bronze - expired
Overall Score 40.16
Liaison Jennifer Bodine
Submission Date April 23, 2015
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STARS v2.0

Weber State University
AC-7: Incentives for Developing Courses

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Jennifer Bodine
Sustainability Specialist
Facilities Management
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Does the institution have an ongoing incentives program or programs that meet the criteria for this credit?:

A brief description of the program(s), including positive outcomes during the previous three years:

In 2011-2012 the WSU Office of the Provost supplied an initial $10,000 for curricular development in the area of sustainability. These funds were used for a faculty retreat in April, 2012 in order to launch a pilot ecopeer project, where faculty members with expertise in sustainability guide faculty members wishing to incorporate sustainability into their curriculum. This retreat was highly successful and has been repeated in May 2013 and May 2014. Because of the retreat, sustainability has been incorporated into a variety of courses including general education English, interior design, economics, political science, graphic arts, philosophy, and business.

Additionally, the Honors Program at WSU pays for faculty release time for faculty that wish to develop new courses. Three new sustainability courses were taught by faculty through the Honors Program these past two years thanks to that funding opportunity.

A brief description of the incentives that faculty members who participate in the program(s) receive:

Interested faculty will be permitted to attend an all expenses paid retreat at the Alta Lodge (a ski resort in Utah) to gain insight on how sustainability can be incorporated into their existing courses.

For those that get their courses approved by Honors, the program pays for faculty release time so that the faculty member can teach their new class and another faculty member can be hired to take one course from their existing load.

The website URL where information about the incentive program(s) is available:

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