Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 73.17
Liaison Megan Litke
Submission Date Feb. 28, 2018
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

American University
AC-1: Academic Courses

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 8.49 / 14.00 Hannah Moskowitz
Sustainability Analyst
Office of Sustainability
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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 1,647 2,498
Number of sustainability courses offered 44 30
Number of courses offered that include sustainability 157 96

Percentage of courses that are sustainability course offerings:
7.89

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

Number of academic departments (or the equivalent) that offer at least one sustainability course and/or course that includes sustainability (at any level):
40

Percentage of academic departments with sustainability course offerings:
80

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?:
One

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 :

The Office of Sustainability asked faculty to use the above guidance to self-identify whether any of their classes included sustainability or were sustainability courses. 21.42% of faculty (598 out of 2792) completed the survey and the results were used to produce a catalog of sustainability curricula.


How were courses with multiple offerings or sections counted for the figures reported above?:
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.


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 No

The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
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Additional documentation to support the submission:
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Green Apple courses are part of a program and do not designate all sustainability classes in the course offerings.

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