Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 66.30
Liaison Stephen Ellis
Submission Date May 31, 2024

STARS v2.2

Boston University
AC-9: Research and Scholarship

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.06 / 12.00 Gabrielle Brewer
Sustainability Analyst
BU Sustainability
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Total number of employees that conduct research:
2,910

Number of employees engaged in sustainability research:
89

Percentage of employees that conduct research that are engaged in sustainability research:
3.06

Total number of academic departments that include at least one employee who conducts research:
100

Number of academic departments that include at least one employee who conducts sustainability research:
23

Percentage of departments that conduct research that are engaged in sustainability research:
23

A copy of the inventory of the institution’s sustainability research (upload):
Inventory of the institution’s sustainability research:
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A brief description of the methodology the institution followed to complete the research inventory:

The sustainability research inventory was conducted primarily through a survey sent to faculty in November of 2023. The survey collected published research potentially related to sustainability, as defined by AASHE with supporting documentation from the Earth Charter and the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), that was conducted by BU faculty in Fiscal Year 2023. The survey results were then reviewed by the BU Sustainability Analyst and validated for accuracy, according to the aforementioned sustainability guidelines. Authors were verified by Institutional Research with the list of BU Faculty who conduct research to ensure only BU Affiliates are included in reporting, and duplicates were removed.


Website URL where information about the institution’s sustainability research is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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Data source(s) and notes about the submission:

This represents FY2023 BU Metrics.


In PRE-5, we reported 198 for the "number of academic departments(or the equivalent)", meaning there are 198 departments with at least one faculty. Overall, the number of departments that conduct research is different from the number of academic departments. To get to 100 - if an employee has a "research" flag from the HR SAP file, then they're regarded as a "research employee" and we counted the number of Master Cost Centers of those departments who have such a flag. In previous years, we only reported on the number of faculty with a "research" flag from the HR SAP file, which was around 600 faculty members.


This year, in better alignment with the STARS technical manual, our "number of employees that are engaged in research" includes all faculty and staff for whom scholarly/creative work is a requirement for promotion, and thus is significantly larger. Employees conducting research that do not require research in consideration for promotion are excluded from both the Numerator and Denominator.


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 or simply email your inquiry to stars@aashe.org.