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The Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System™ (STARS) is a transparent, self-reporting framework for colleges and universities to measure their sustainability performance.

Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 66.74
Liaison joni newcomer
Submission Date Jan. 26, 2017
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STARS v2.1

New Mexico State University
AC-1: Academic Courses

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 14.00 / 14.00 David Boje
Professor and Bill Daniels Ethics Fellow
College of Business
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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 1,491 354
Number of sustainability courses offered 219 37
Number of courses offered that include sustainability 125 6

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 :

As an agriculture and engineering college we have a great number of classes related to the environment, ecology, sustainability, food production, and policy that are both related and focused on sustainability issues. For our second STARS report in 2011 a diverse committee of faculty and staff went through the class catalogue and compiled a list of sustainably-oriented classes, whether focused or related. The group reviewed the class description and determined whether it met the requirements of the previously-determined definitions. In fall of 2016, NMSU’s Sustainability Council convened a new group of faculty to revise the definitions and update the previous course listing.

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):

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

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

Graduate level courses are those with course designation numbers 500 and above.

DATABASE One: Concentrations in Sustainability -- http://davidboje.com/sustainability/courses.htm

DATABASE Two: Details Listing of Sustainability Courses

DATABASE Three: Sustainability Researchers and Projects (Funded or Proposed for Funding - ARGIS)

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.