Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 71.65
Liaison Laura Bain
Submission Date Jan. 19, 2018
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

Furman University
AC-1: Academic Courses

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 13.83 / 14.00 Laura Bain
Associate Director of Sustainability Assessment
David E. Shi Center for Sustainability
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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 1195 27
Number of sustainability courses offered 20 0
Number of courses offered that include sustainability 354 0

Percentage of courses that are sustainability course offerings:
30.61

Total number of academic departments (or the equivalent) that offer courses (at any level):
24

Number of academic departments (or the equivalent) that offer at least one sustainability course and/or course that includes sustainability (at any level):
21

Percentage of academic departments with sustainability course offerings:
87.50

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?:
One

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 :

All professors were emailed a collaborative document of the courses offered in their relevant department. The e-mail offered examples and a clear description of STARS 2.1 criteria for Credit AC-1. Professors 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. Only 4-credit courses with a clear curriculum were analyzed. Independent studies, senior seminars, courses without a description, and unidentifiable courses were eliminated from the inventory. This data was then compiled into the attached Excel spreadsheet.

Course Inventory covers 2016-2017 academic year.


How were courses with multiple offerings or sections counted for the figures reported above?:
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):
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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 Yes

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