Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 53.97
Liaison Dennis Carlberg
Submission Date Aug. 2, 2019
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Boston University
AC-9: Research and Scholarship

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 7.95 / 12.00 Dennis Carlberg
Associate Vice President for University Sustainability
sustainability@BU
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Total number of the institution’s faculty and/or staff that are engaged in research (headcount):
749

Number of the institution’s faculty and/or staff that are engaged in sustainability research (headcount):
191

Percentage of the institution's faculty and staff researchers that are engaged in sustainability research :
25.50

Total number of academic departments (or the equivalent) that include at least one faculty or staff member that conducts research:
209

Number of academic departments (or the equivalent) that include at least one faculty or staff member that conducts sustainability research:
51

Percentage of research-producing departments that are engaged in sustainability research:
24.40

A copy of the institution’s inventory of its sustainability research that includes names and department affiliations of faculty and staff engaged in sustainability research:
The institution’s inventory of its sustainability research that includes names and department affiliations of faculty and staff engaged in sustainability research:
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A brief description of the methodology the institution followed to complete the research inventory (including the types of faculty and staff included as researchers):

The sustainability research inventory was developed through a collaboration with Institutional Research, the BU Research office, and BU Libraries. The Library Liaison group met with sustainability@BU in July of 2016 to discuss the definition of sustainability in relation to the Earth Charter, what types of research archives are available to the campus community, and how to robustly collect information in order to better capture what projects researchers are engaged in within BU. A keyword list based on sustainability-related principles was then generated in order to better guide data capturing. Through a continued partnership with Kenneth Liss, Head of Liaison & Instruction for the University’s libraries, a final list of researchers and their projects was generated. The list attached contains information on research drawn from databases such as MyCV, UROP (Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program), and OpenBU (dissertations and theses). The information reported represents data on funded research projects from FY16 and FY17.


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