Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 77.02
Liaison Laura Bain
Submission Date June 22, 2021

STARS v2.2

Furman University
AC-1: Academic Courses

Status Score Responsible Party
12.80 / 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 2,276 0
Number of sustainability-focused courses offered 31 0
Number of sustainability-inclusive courses offered 687 0

Percentage of courses that are sustainability course offerings:
31.55

Total number of academic departments that offer courses:
25

Number of academic departments with sustainability course offerings:
18

Percentage of academic departments with sustainability course offerings:
72

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 :

All courses offered from 2017-2020 were assessed. Courses with 4 or fewer students, individualized instruction and performance, technique, or composition based courses were excluded from the total course number.

Any course with an SUS designation was identified as a sustainability-focused course.

Using course descriptions, faculty member John Quinn scored each course on each of the 17 sustainable development goals (SDGs) on a scale of 0-10 (0= not a focus, 10=primary focus). This data was used to determine sustainability inclusive courses using the following parameters: Any course that has a least one SDG score greater than or equal to 5 AND a total SDG score greater than or equal to 15.


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:
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Website URL where information about the sustainability course offerings is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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