Overall Rating Expired
Overall Score Expired
Liaison Megan Litke
Submission Date March 30, 2016
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.0

American University
AC-1: Academic Courses

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete Expired Hannah Debelius
Sustainability Manager
Office of Sustainability
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Figures required to calculate the percentage of courses with sustainability content::
Undergraduate Graduate
Total number of courses offered by the institution 3151 2127
Number of sustainability courses offered 93 68
+ Date Revised: June 22, 2016
Number of courses offered that include sustainability 200
+ Date Revised: June 22, 2016
129

Number of academic departments (or the equivalent) that offer at least one sustainability course and/or course that includes sustainability (at any level):
39

Total number of academic departments (or the equivalent) that offer courses (at any level):
50

Number of years covered by the data:
One

A copy of the institution’s inventory of its course offerings with sustainability content (and course descriptions):
An inventory of the institution's course offerings with sustainability content (and course descriptions):

When multiple professors taught different sections of the same course, I attributed one course to each professor for the academic year.


The website URL where the inventory of course offerings with sustainability content is publicly available:
A brief description of the methodology the institution followed to complete the course inventory:

The Office of Sustainability asked faculty to use the above guidance to self-identify whether any of their classes were sustainability-focused or sustainability-related. 17.74% of faculty (353 out of 1989) completed the survey and the results were used to produce a catalog of sustainability curricula.

Office of Sustainability staff then manually added additional classes that were obviously sustainability courses based on title, such as having the word "sustainable" or "environmental."


How did the institution count courses with multiple offerings or sections in the inventory?:
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):

If a class was taught by multiple professors in a given year, then each professor was counted separately.


Which of the following course types were included in the inventory?:
Yes or No
Internships No
Practicums Yes
Independent study No
Special topics Yes
Thesis/dissertation No
Clinical No
Physical education Yes
Performance arts Yes

Does the institution designate sustainability courses in its catalog of course offerings?:
No

Does the institution designate sustainability courses on student transcripts?:
No

Green Apple courses are part of a program and do not designate all sustainability classes in the course offerings.

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