Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 53.85
Liaison Vic Shelburne
Submission Date Nov. 26, 2018
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

Clemson University
AC-1: Academic Courses

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 8.45 / 14.00 Dr. Caye Draphco
Fellow, Clemson Sustainability Commission
Environmental Engineering and Earth Sciences
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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 2,603 1,302
Number of sustainability courses offered 141 67
Number of courses offered that include sustainability 139 51

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 :

For the sustainability courses, we used the list of approved courses for the Sustainability minor, plus/minus courses that we had reviewed this semester and planned on adding or removing to the list of approved courses for the minor. We also identified all other course across the database that focus on at least two dimensions of sustainability.

For the courses that include sustainability, we searched the database to find courses that had ‘sustainability’ or ‘sustainable’ in the course description (excluding courses already identified in minor) and programs that explicitly identified sustainability or renewable energy in their program description (majors, minors or certificates). Then the courses in these programs were reviewed and included.

The programs identified as addressing sustainability in their program descriptions were as follows: Biosystems Engineering (BS); Environmental Engineering (BS), Food Science and Human Nutrition (BS), Geology (BS), Construction Science and Management (BS), Horticulture (BS), and Plant and Environmental Sciences (BS). We also added the courses in the Environmental Science and Policy (minor) and the Renewable Energy Certificate (certificate) to the list of secondary courses.

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 No
Special topics No
Thesis / dissertation No
Clinical No
Physical education No
Performance arts No

The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:

Additional documentation to support the submission:

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