Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 69.25
Liaison Laura Bain
Submission Date Jan. 26, 2015
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STARS v2.0

Furman University
AC-1: Academic Courses

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 14.00 / 14.00 Yancey Fouche
Associate Director
Shi Center for Sustainability
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Figures required to calculate the percentage of courses with sustainability content::
Undergraduate Graduate
Total number of courses offered by the institution 1,088 0
Number of sustainability courses offered 54 0
Number of courses offered that include sustainability 684 0

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

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

Number of years covered by the data:

A copy of the institution’s inventory of its course offerings with sustainability content (and course descriptions):
An inventory of the institution's course offerings with sustainability content (and course descriptions):


The website URL where the inventory of course offerings with sustainability content is publicly available:
A brief description of the methodology the institution followed to complete the course inventory:

The chair of each department was emailed by the V.P. for Academic Affairs and Dean, and asked to report which course from their departments were either sustainability courses or include sustainability. The e-mail offered examples and a clear description of STARS 2.0 criteria for Credit AC-1. Department chairs either reported on behalf of the department or distributed the email to their faculty who reported for their respective course sections. After this initial collection, course descriptions were reviewed for all courses to confirm whether or not they were full sustainability courses or courses that include sustainability. The Earth Charter was the foundation for the rationale. Only 4-credit courses with a clear curriculum were analyzed. Independent studies, senior seminars, courses without a description, unidentifiable courses, summer courses, and courses less than 4 credits were eliminated from the inventory. This data was then compiled in the above excel document.
Course Inventory covers 2014-2015 due to easier access to course information.

+ Date Revised: March 6, 2015

How did the institution count courses with multiple offerings or sections in the inventory?:
Each offering or section of a course was counted as an individual course

A brief description of how courses with multiple offerings or sections were counted (if different from the options outlined above):

Which of the following course types were included in the inventory?:
Yes or No
Internships No
Practicums No
Independent study No
Special topics No
Thesis/dissertation No
Clinical No
Physical education No
Performance arts Yes

Does the institution designate sustainability courses in its catalog of course offerings?:

Does the institution designate sustainability courses on student transcripts?:

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