Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 72.66
Liaison Megan Litke
Submission Date March 5, 2021

STARS v2.2

American University
AC-1: Academic Courses

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 7.57 / 14.00 Courtney Stoner
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 4,047 2,629
Number of sustainability-focused courses offered 93 34
Number of sustainability-inclusive courses offered 201 89

Percentage of courses that are sustainability course offerings:

Total number of academic departments that offer courses:

Number of academic departments with sustainability course offerings:

Percentage of academic departments with sustainability course offerings:

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?:

A brief description of the methodology used to complete 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. 17% of faculty (310 out of 1850) 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 offering or section of a course was counted as an individual course

A brief description of how courses with multiple offerings or sections were counted:

Each offering or section by each professor was counted as an individual opportunity to take a course.

Website URL where information about the sustainability course offerings is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:

Excluded course types include: English Language and Training Academy (ELTA) non-credit courses, National Student Leadership Conference Courses, STEP Pre-College courses, Washington Semester Non-Credit Certificate courses, Individually-directed courses (e.g., thesis, independent study, practicum), Arts courses dedicated to performance, technique, or composition, and Physical education courses that are activity-based.

Law school courses were also excluded and not assessed.

*This is using data from AY18-19.

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