Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 70.12
Liaison Ciannat Howett
Submission Date July 25, 2017
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

Emory University
AC-1: Academic Courses

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 9.15 / 14.00 Peggy Barlett
Goodrich C. White Professor
Anthropology
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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 1,470 1,747
Number of sustainability courses offered 51 32
Number of courses offered that include sustainability 191 137

Percentage of courses that are sustainability course offerings:
12.78

Total number of academic departments (or the equivalent) that offer courses (at any level):
66

Number of academic departments (or the equivalent) that offer at least one sustainability course and/or course that includes sustainability (at any level):
40

Percentage of academic departments with sustainability course offerings:
60.61

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?:
Three

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 :

In October, 2016, all regular faculty (including tenured, tenure-track, lecturer-track) received an email request from Emory’s Office of Institutional Research and by the Office of Sustainability Initiatives to report sustainability courses, courses that include sustainability, and courses using the campus as a living lab.

Containing pre-populated lists of all distinct courses and numbers taught during the previous three years, the survey sent out to faculty covered Fall 2014 to Fall 2016 (AY 2014-15, AY 2015-16, and Fall 2016) course data. The survey offered definitions of the three kinds of courses and asked faculty to check which met the appropriate criteria. For those indicating a sustainability course or a course that includes sustainability, a brief description was solicited, as required by STARS. For those indicating a “living lab” course, a list of campus arenas for engagement was provided, and faculty checked appropriate categories. An opportunity to add any appropriate courses was provided.

Entries were compiled into a master inventory by School and Department. Some repetitive cross-listings were eliminated, but generally each course was counted only once, even if offered multiple times in the three years. Courses that are team-taught were generally reported by both faculty and counted twice (often, enrollments for such courses are double normal size). Multiple sections of the same course (Biology, Calculus) were not counted separately. When the same title is repeated in the inventory, it is understood that course content varied over time. Each entry was reviewed by a faculty member in the Sustainability Office and queries to faculty respondents clarified any confusions.

The 2016 inventory is published at: http://sustainability.emory.edu/page/1005/CURRICULUM-&-RESEARCH

In determining the total number of courses offered, the following were excluded:
• Internships
• Practicums
• Independent study
• Thesis / dissertation /Research
• Clinical


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):

Courses that are team-taught were generally reported by both faculty and counted twice (often, enrollments for such courses are double normal size). Multiple sections of the same course (Biology, Calculus) were not counted separately. When the same title is repeated in the inventory, it is understood that course content varied over time.


Are the following course types included in the inventory? :
Yes (included) or No (not included)
Internships No
Practicums No
Independent study No
Special topics Yes
Thesis / dissertation No
Clinical No
Physical education Yes
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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The survey sent out to faculty covered Fall 2014 to Fall 2016 (AY 2014-15, AY 2015-16, and Fall 2016) course data. The awards data covered 3 years. Teaching Assistantships and Teaching Associateships were also excluded.

Though Oxford College courses are included in the publicly available inventory, these courses are not counted in this report for STARS because Oxford is considered outside of the institutional boundary for STARS.

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.