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

STARS v2.2

Furman University
AC-9: Research and Scholarship

Status Score Responsible Party
12.00 / 12.00 Laura Bain
Associate Director of Sustainability Assessment
David E. Shi Center for Sustainability
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Total number of employees that conduct research:
283

Number of employees engaged in sustainability research:
99

Percentage of employees that conduct research that are engaged in sustainability research:
34.98

Total number of academic departments that include at least one employee who conducts research:
25

Number of academic departments that include at least one employee who conducts sustainability research:
23

Percentage of departments that conduct research that are engaged in sustainability research:
92

A copy of the inventory of the institution’s sustainability research (upload):
Inventory of the institution’s sustainability research:
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A brief description of the methodology the institution followed to complete the research inventory:

A Qualtrics survey was distributed to all faculty and included a description of the UN Sustainable Development Goals and a link to learn more. Faculty were asked if they have conducted any research within the last 3 years. If yes, they were asked to provide their name and department. Then, they were asked to "Think about the entire body of research and scholarship you engaged in over the last three years. Indicate the overall level of alignment with each SDG below. Please select all that apply (your work may have more than one primary focus)."

Faculty that indicated a primary or secondary focus on any of the 17 SDGs were considered to conduct sustainability-related research. Faculty that did not respond to the survey or did not complete the survey were considered to NOT conduct sustainability-related research.


Website URL where information about the institution’s sustainability research is available:
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Additional documentation to support the submission:

Based on feedback from submission review, added a question that allows faculty to provide a brief description or list of their reserach topics. IN future years, this survey will be incorporated into our institution-wide sustainability survey.

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