Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 51.46
Liaison Bradley Flamm
Submission Date March 6, 2020

STARS v2.2

West Chester University of Pennsylvania
AC-1: Academic Courses

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 8.77 / 14.00 Bradley Flamm
Director of Sustainability
Office of the President
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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 1,809 777
Number of sustainability-focused courses offered 47 3
Number of sustainability-inclusive courses offered 123 22

Percentage of courses that are sustainability course offerings:
7.54

Total number of academic departments that offer courses:
51

Number of academic departments with sustainability course offerings:
44

Percentage of academic departments with sustainability course offerings:
86.27

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?:
One

A brief description of the methodology used to complete the course inventory :

A task force of two WCU faculty members, the Director of the Office of Sustainability and the Graduate Assistant for Data Monitoring and Analysis developed a 13 question survey distributed electronically to all full- and part-time WCU faculty to obtain detailed information on their teaching, research, and service activities that were, in the 2018-19 Academic Year, sustainability-focused or sustainability-inclusive. The survey was released in mid-September 2019 and was open for responses until mid-November 2019. Announcements were sent via the Provost’s office, with reminder requests distributed by the Office of Sustainability. The definitions for the terms used were these: “A sustainability-focused course is one in which the main goals and objectives include environmental, social or economic sustainability. A sustainability-inclusive course is one in which environmental, social or economic sustainability is addressed, but not included in the main goals and objectives of the course.” The Office of Sustainability analyzed the data, comparing responses to entries in the university’s official course catalogue.


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:
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Website URL where information about the sustainability course offerings is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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