Overall Rating Expired
Overall Score Expired
Liaison Jeff Spoelstra
Submission Date July 22, 2014
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.0

Western Michigan University
AC-1: Academic Courses

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete Expired Tim Greene
Provost
Academic Affairs
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Figures required to calculate the percentage of courses with sustainability content::
Undergraduate Graduate
Total number of courses offered by the institution 1777 1272
Number of sustainability courses offered 47 6
Number of courses offered that include sustainability 150 59

Number of academic departments (or the equivalent) that offer at least one sustainability course and/or course that includes sustainability (at any level):
44

Total number of academic departments (or the equivalent) that offer courses (at any level):
54

Number of years covered by the data:
One

A copy of the institution’s inventory of its course offerings with sustainability content (and course descriptions):
An inventory of the institution's course offerings with sustainability content (and course descriptions):
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The website URL where the inventory of course offerings with sustainability content is publicly available:
A brief description of the methodology the institution followed to complete the course inventory:

Using WMU's definitions of sustainability and the guidelines presented by STARS, a team of graduate students sorted through course descriptions and course syllabi to determine sustainability courses and courses that include sustainability. Once this list was compiled, it was sent to department chairs for verification and input. Faculty input was reviewed and incorporated into the inventory. A listing of courses offered during the 2012-2013 academic year was pulled from the registrars office; the inventory was crosschecked to include only those courses.


How did the institution count courses with multiple offerings or sections in the inventory?:
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):
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Which of the following course types were included in the inventory?:
Yes or No
Internships Yes
Practicums Yes
Independent study No
Special topics Yes
Thesis/dissertation No
Clinical No
Physical education Yes
Performance arts Yes

Does the institution designate sustainability courses in its catalog of course offerings?:
No

Does the institution designate sustainability courses on student transcripts?:
No

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 and complete the Data Inquiry Form.