Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 61.14
Liaison Jeff Spoelstra
Submission Date Feb. 28, 2019
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

Western Michigan University
AC-1: Academic Courses

Status Score Responsible Party
8.56 / 14.00 Isaac Green
Special Projects Coordinator
Office for Sustainability
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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 1,772 1,251
Number of sustainability courses offered 71 9
Number of courses offered that include sustainability 177 70

Percentage of courses that are sustainability course offerings:
10.82

Total number of academic departments (or the equivalent) that offer courses (at any level):
85

Number of academic departments (or the equivalent) that offer at least one sustainability course and/or course that includes sustainability (at any level):
54

Percentage of academic departments with sustainability course offerings:
63.53

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 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 :

Using WMU's definitions of sustainability and the guidelines presented by STARS in 2014, a team sorted through course descriptions and course syllabi to determine sustainability courses and courses that were sustainability focused or related. In 2018 this list was compiled by being sent to department chairs for verification and input. A listing of active courses was pulled from the registrars office; the inventory was crosschecked to include only these active courses.


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 (if different from the options outlined above):
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Are the following course types included in the inventory? :
Yes (included) or No (not included)
Internships Yes
Practicums Yes
Independent study No
Special topics Yes
Thesis / dissertation No
Clinical No
Physical education Yes
Performance arts Yes

The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
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Additional documentation to support the submission:
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