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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 77.43
Liaison Claudia Frere-Anderson
Submission Date Oct. 14, 2015
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.0

University of Washington, Seattle
AC-7: Incentives for Developing Courses

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Claudia Frere-Anderson
Director
UW Sustainability
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Does the institution have an ongoing incentives program or programs that meet the criteria for this credit?:
Yes

A brief description of the program(s), including positive outcomes during the previous three years:

The University of Washington has three programs that offer incentives for developing sustainability courses; a Cross Unit Teaching Incentive Fund, Educational Outreach, and Teaching Assistant support.

The College of the Environment Cross Unit Teaching Incentive Fund is aimed at developing courses and programs that are interdisciplinary and promote the expansion of offerings in the College of the Environment. The content of such courses is generally sustainability-focused.
http://environment.uw.edu/intranet/academics/teaching/cross-unit-teaching-incentive-fund/

UW Educational Outreach offers incentives to faculty to teach fee-based classes. In many cases within fee-based degrees, faculty teach the classes as part of load in exchange for additional FTE tenure-track faculty resources located in the College. UWEO also provides marketing, online instructional design, registration, financial and program administration services to the various schools and colleges. Sustainability and environment represent a top priority for UWEO program development.
http://www.pce.uw.edu/environment-sustainability.html

The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering offered faculty Teaching Assistant support to develop course materials for a revamped curriculum for the Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering (BSCE) degree; the new curriculum will be launched this year and integrates sustainability across the junior year.
http://www.ce.washington.edu/students/ugAcademics.html


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

CoEnv Cross Unit Teaching Fund: The fund provides up to $35,000 for each program funded, which can be used to pay a TA so that a course can be expanded, a part-time student services person to create a minor or certificate, or develop a short course or summer program.
http://environment.uw.edu/intranet/academics/teaching/cross-unit-teaching-incentive-fund/

UW Educational Outreach: Faculty and highly qualified adjuncts receive one month salary to develop online courses and a significant amount of excess compensation to teach fee-based classes.
http://www.pce.uw.edu/environment-sustainability.html

Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering: The department hired a team of six Teaching Assistants for a summer to work on developing course materials for a revamped curriculum.
http://www.ce.washington.edu/students/ugAcademics.html


The website URL where information about the incentive program(s) is available:

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.