Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 53.97
Liaison Stephen Ellis
Submission Date Aug. 2, 2019
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

Boston University
AC-1: Academic Courses

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.47 / 14.00 Dennis Carlberg
Associate Vice President for University Sustainability
BU 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 5,425 3,728
Number of sustainability courses offered 97 59
Number of courses offered that include sustainability 121 86

Percentage of courses that are sustainability course offerings:

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

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

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 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 :

All sustainability courses and courses that include sustainability are compiled from a list provided by Institutional Research. A sustainability@BU intern then excludes course types indicated in this section, then identifies sustainability courses and courses that include sustainability. A list of courses that lack clarity is vetted with the AVP for University Sustainability and the faculty teaching these courses. Courses that are not verified are removed from the list of those meeting the criteria for courses including sustainability.

Courses offered to both undergraduate and graduate students are counted in the undergraduate category. Courses offered by multiple schools and colleges within the University are specially formatted to avoid double counting. Courses are also filtered by type to ensure the most accurate reporting possible. Directed Study, Physical Education, and Performing Arts course types are excluded from the inventory, due to the highly individualized course content of these offerings.

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):

Are the following course types included in the inventory? :
Yes (included) or No (not included)
Internships No
Practicums No
Independent study Yes
Special topics Yes
Thesis / dissertation Yes
Clinical Yes
Physical education No
Performance arts No

The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:

All courses on the first spreadsheet were included in accordance with the definition of sustainability/sustainable development outlined within the Earth Charter at http://www.unesco.org/education/tlsf/mods/theme_a/img/02_earthcharter.pdf.

In addition, this credit, specifically the "total number of academic departments", is reflecting data points from our most recent analysis; fiscal years 2016 & 2017.

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.