Assess existing courses to identify which courses meet specific requirements in the learning outcomes, and identify gaps for future curriculum development
Course listings for undergraduate and graduate levels were examined to develop an inclusive list of courses related to sustainability. An online survey of department heads was conducted in Fall 2010 which served to verify the list developed, sought feedback on perceived gaps and desired future offerings, and gained insight about the degree to which the learning outcomes are being addressed (58 departments responded out of 165). The inventory is designed to help students identify courses by several categories, including whether a course fulfills a general education requirement and whether the course is undergraduate and graduate level. The inventory revealed more than 250 courses and can be found on the Institute for Sustainability, Energy, and Environment website.
The inventory conducted at the time did not distinguish between sustainability related and focused courses. Sustainability related covers only one aspect of sustainability, i.e., economic, social, or environmental, whereas focused covers all three.