Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 75.69
Liaison Ciannat Howett
Submission Date March 5, 2021

STARS v2.2

Emory University
AC-1: Academic Courses

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 8.65 / 14.00 Kelly Weisinger
Assistant Director
OSI
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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 1,584 1,920
Number of sustainability-focused courses offered 71 77
Number of sustainability-inclusive courses offered 143 123

Percentage of courses that are sustainability course offerings:
11.82

Total number of academic departments that offer courses:
68

Number of academic departments with sustainability course offerings:
40

Percentage of academic departments with sustainability course offerings:
58.82

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 complete the course inventory :

This year, Emory tested a new methodology because this is the first year we do not have a faculty member paid by our office to develop and analyze a survey of faculty. This year, our methodology was to create a list of keywords made up of AASHE recommended keywords and phrases that include Earth Charter and UN SDG references, and adding some that sustainability staff and faculty partners recommended that were missing from the AASHE list. We used this same keyword list as the first step to inventorying the courses for AC-1, the research for AC-9, and the continuing education courses for EN-12.
Emory’s Office of Institutional Research applied the keywords to an algorithm to flag courses and research that contained at least one keyword or phrase. Once those courses and research were filtered, Emory Sustainability staff reviewed all of the course and research descriptions of those filtered, identified whether or not they were sustainability-focused or sustainability-inclusive, and eliminated those that were neither. We used the long course and research descriptions to conduct this review. Additionally, courses that were identified as sustainability-focused or -inclusive in our 2016 survey that were still offered in 2019 were included in the final list.

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:

Multiple sections of the same course were not counted separately.


Website URL where information about the sustainability course offerings is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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Courses reported for AY2017-2019.

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