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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 Silver
Overall Score 57.22
Liaison Roxane Beigel-Coryell
Submission Date June 30, 2017
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STARS v2.1

Southern Oregon University
AC-1: Academic Courses

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 7.98 / 14.00 Roxane Beigel-Coryell
Sustainability & Recycling Coordinator
Facilities Management & Planning
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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 6,225 959
Number of sustainability courses offered 187 22
Number of courses offered that include sustainability 490 30

Percentage of courses that are sustainability course offerings:
10.15

Total number of academic departments (or the equivalent) that offer courses (at any level):
34

Number of academic departments (or the equivalent) that offer at least one sustainability course and/or course that includes sustainability (at any level):
20

Percentage of academic departments with sustainability course offerings:
58.82

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?:
Three

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 :

A preliminary review of the SOU course catalog was conducted to identify courses that were candidates for designation as either sustainability-focused (SF) or sustainability-related (SR) courses based on the course descriptions. A list of potential SF or SR courses and their course descriptions was compiled. The Education and Research Subcommittee of the Sustainability Council evaluated the courses based on the stated learning outcomes and course objectives associated with each course and developed an initial list of sustainability courses. This year we built upon that list by surveying faculty using the qualitative snowball approach.


How were courses with multiple offerings or sections counted for the figures reported above?:
Each offering or section of a course was counted as an individual course

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 No
Practicums No
Independent study No
Special topics Yes
Thesis / dissertation No
Clinical No
Physical education No
Performance arts Yes

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