Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 58.68
Liaison Jennifer Palilonis
Submission Date July 21, 2021

STARS v2.2

Ball State University
PA-4: Reporting Assurance

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Julie Hopwood
Associate Vice President for Business and Auxiliary Services
Business and Auxiliary Services
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Has the institution completed an assurance process that provides independent affirmation that the information in its current STARS report is reported in accordance with credit criteria?:
Yes

Did the assurance process include internal review, an external audit, or both?:
Internal review

The name, title, and organizational affiliation of each reviewer:

Julie Hopwood
Associate Vice President for Business and Auxiliary Services
Division of Business Affairs
Ball State University


A brief description of the institution’s assurance process:

As part of Ball State University's (BSU) commitment to building a culture of sustainability, an annual BSU AASHE STARS Reporting process has now been created and fully implemented with a team of STARS sustainability reporting co-coordinators (Jennifer Palilonis and Julie Hopwood), 17 Category Supervisors, 45 corresponding STARS Category Reporters and 13 Reporter Partners. Furthermore, all data is recorded and tracked utilizing the new "BSU STARS Reporting Master Spreadsheet" to track participant roles/teams, assigned STARS categories, current and past cumulative and individual category points, pending/completion status, immediate & long-term high potential STARS categories, as well as additional individual STARS Category notes (i.e. justifications, barriers, opportunities) for the record and as a centralized archival source for future BSU STARS sustainability reporters.
Based on BSU's commitment to continuous improvement, a two-step internal assurance process was implemented for the second consecutive year. First, for each reporting category, the sustainability reporting co-coordinators assigned the "Category Supervisors" who are not responsible for data collection or entry, but who are familiar with the STARS category, requirements, and university processes related to the STARS category. Second, the corresponding STARS Category Reporter(s)/Reporter Partners, chosen by the Category Supervisors then enter the data and submit it to the sustainability reporting co-coordinators and their respective Category Supervisors for review and approval.


Affirmation from the reviewer(s) that the report has been reviewed in full and that all identified inconsistencies and errors have been successfully addressed prior to submitting it to AASH​E:
Completed STARS Review Template:
Affirmation from the reviewer(s) that the report has been reviewed in full and that all identified inconsistencies and errors have been successfully addressed prior to ​submitting it to AASHE (2nd review):
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Completed STARS Review Template (2nd review):
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Affirmation from the reviewer(s) that the report has been reviewed in full and that all identified inconsistencies and errors have been successfully addressed prior to ​submitting it to AASHE​ (3rd review):
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Copy of completed STARS Review Template (3rd review):
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Website URL where information about the institution’s reporting assurance is available:
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Additional documentation to support the submission:
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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.