Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 68.35
Liaison Jessica Bast
Submission Date Aug. 9, 2022

STARS v2.2

North Carolina State University
AC-1: Academic Courses

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 12.96 / 14.00 Jessica Bast
Sustainability Program Coordinator
University Sustainability Office
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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 2,630 1,547
Number of sustainability-focused courses offered 329 190
Number of sustainability-inclusive courses offered 152 136

Percentage of courses that are sustainability course offerings:
19.32

Total number of academic departments that offer courses:
65

Number of academic departments with sustainability course offerings:
51

Percentage of academic departments with sustainability course offerings:
78.46

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 complete the course inventory :

NC State's inventory was compiled with the help of students, faculty, and staff. Beginning in 2020, a faculty member in the Interdisciplinary Studies department began a project with a group of undergraduate students that focused on creating an inventory of undergraduate courses that covered the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. The student team read through each undergraduate course description and compared them against the SDGs. After the evaluation was complete, each faculty member with a course in the inventory was contacted and given the opportunity to approve the inclusion of their course and/or recommend that additional courses be included. In summer and fall 2021, staff and student interns in the University Sustainability Office worked together to complete the graduate portion of this inventory, and those faculty were also given the chance to provide their input. This inventory of courses is not only submitted to STARS but is also a page on the Sustainability Office's website: https://sustainability.ncsu.edu/curriculum-research/sdg-courses/. The website also features a Google Form that faculty can use on a rolling basis to submit a course or courses that they believe should be included in the inventory.


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:

Courses with multiple sections that are listed as the same course number and prefix were only counted once. However, cross-listed courses were counted as separate courses if they had differing course prefixes or numbers, and lab and lecture offerings for the same course were listed as separate classes.


Website URL where information about the sustainability course offerings is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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When calculating the total number of courses offered and completing the evaluation of courses, only one section of each course (with the same prefix and course number) was included. Also, the following types of courses were excluded: special topics, performance, internships, independent study, practicum, and physical education.

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 or simply email your inquiry to stars@aashe.org.