Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 56.72
Liaison Christie-Joy Hartman
Submission Date May 12, 2017
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

James Madison University
AC-1: Academic Courses

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 5.02 / 14.00 Christie-Joy Hartman
Executive Director
Office of Environmental Stewardship and 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 2373 759
Number of sustainability courses offered 13 4
Number of courses offered that include sustainability 73 25

Percentage of courses that are sustainability course offerings:
3.67

Total number of academic departments (or the equivalent) that offer courses (at any level):
45

Number of academic departments (or the equivalent) that offer at least one sustainability course and/or course that includes sustainability (at any level):
24

Percentage of academic departments with sustainability course offerings:
53.33

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 :

The campus sustainability office conducted a search of the course descriptions in the 2015-2016 undergraduate course catalog and the 2015-2016 graduate course catalog. Courses that met the credit's definitions and/or matched examples of courses in the STARS Technical Manual were identified. The only courses further categorized as sustainability courses were those where the course catalog description clearly indicated the course was sustainability focused. The ISNW Education and Research Engagement Subcommittee and the ISNW Executive Council member both reviewed the final course list for errors. Additional courses were identified to be considered for inclusion in the future.

The list of courses was compared to actual course offerings, and those courses that were not offered in 2015-2016 were not counted. Courses excluded from the numerator were independent study, practicum, internship, clinical, special topics or thesis/dissertation as well as performance arts and physical education. The denominator (the total number of courses) was provided by the Office of Institutional Research with an attempt to exclude these same courses.


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 (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 No

The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
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Additional documentation to support the submission:
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Source for total courses offered during 2015-16: 1516 Official SCHEV Annual Course Enrollment Data from Office of Institutional Research. Point of contact: Lou Hendrick, Office of Institutional Research, Strategic Planning & Engagement.

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.