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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 50.31
Liaison Jamie Greiner
Submission Date Sept. 29, 2017
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STARS v2.1

University of Mount Union
AC-7: Incentives for Developing Courses

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Jamie Greiner
Sustainability and Campus Outreach Manager
Nature Center
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Does the institution have an ongoing program or programs that offer incentives for faculty in multiple disciplines or departments to develop new sustainability courses and/or incorporate sustainability into existing courses?:

A brief description of the program(s), including positive outcomes during the previous three years (e.g. descriptions of new courses or course content resulting from the program):

The University provides professional development training and support for developing courses particularly in our Integrated Core (General Studies) Curriculum. Faculty members have been assigned to the task of providing support for those interested in developing courses.

A brief description of the incentives that faculty members who participate in the program(s) receive:

Positive consideration for promotion and tenure
Funds for professional development
Free meals

The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:

Additional documentation to support the submission:

The Integrated Core curriculum provides us with many opportunities to include sustainability in our teaching. The inclusion of THEMES (paired classes from different disciplines that are approaching the same issue from different perspectives).

Recently a proposal for a Sustainability Minor was submitted to the Faculty for review (currently out for full review). Other planned initiatives (approved in budget) include offering Mini-Grants to faculty to update an existing course or develop a new course to include Sustainability and offering a session in the Spring at May Days (a Faculty Development Conference) about "Sustainability Across the Curriculum".

Information from Dr. Chuck McClaugherty and Jamie Greiner. Information entered by Jamie Greiner.

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