Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 69.69
Liaison Deborah Steinberg
Submission Date Feb. 7, 2019
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STARS v2.1

Carnegie Mellon University
AC-1: Academic Courses

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 13.27 / 14.00 Nina Baird
Teaching Professor & Academic Chair of Green Practices
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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 1,975 1,898
Number of sustainability courses offered 47 36
Number of courses offered that include sustainability 341 280

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 :

Carnegie Mellon does not distinguish between sustainability focused and sustainability related courses in our course catalog. For the purposes of this assessment, however, we reviewed faculty-written course descriptions against the UN Goals for Sustainable Development and used faculty-provided input about course content. Where the entire focus of the course encompasses one or more UN Goals, the course was identified as a sustainability-focused course. Where the course includes issues of sustainability among other topics , the course was identified as a sustainability-related course. The final lists were reviewed by academic administrators and institutional research.

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):

If a course was offered with both a graduate and undergraduate course number it was counted in each category. Any course with multiple sections in undergraduate or graduate levels, however, was counted only once.

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

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

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