Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 74.57
Liaison Brandon Trelstad
Submission Date Dec. 20, 2019
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Oregon State University
AC-9: Research and Scholarship

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 11.67 / 12.00 Brandon Trelstad
Sustainability Coordinator
Sustainability Office
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Total number of the institution’s faculty and/or staff that are engaged in research (headcount):
679

Number of the institution’s faculty and/or staff that are engaged in sustainability research (headcount):
301

Percentage of the institution's faculty and staff researchers that are engaged in sustainability research :
44.33

Total number of academic departments (or the equivalent) that include at least one faculty or staff member that conducts research:
141

Number of academic departments (or the equivalent) that include at least one faculty or staff member that conducts sustainability research:
100

Percentage of research-producing departments that are engaged in sustainability research:
70.92

A copy of the institution’s inventory of its sustainability research that includes names and department affiliations of faculty and staff engaged in sustainability research:
The institution’s inventory of its sustainability research that includes names and department affiliations of faculty and staff engaged in sustainability research:
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A brief description of the methodology the institution followed to complete the research inventory (including the types of faculty and staff included as researchers):

OSU Sustainability Office staff reviewed all 2,596 rows of FY19 active research award data, read all abstracts for new awards not previously reviewed, and coded awards according to their alignment with the Earth Charter and other sustainability principles. As indicated in OSU’s Strategic Plan, research activities should advance the science of sustainable earth ecosystems, improve human health and wellness, promote economic development and social progress, and/or expand the current knowledge base within sustainability focus areas such as alternative energy, climate, and materials sciences. Faculty and staff were considered researchers if they were successfully awarded research money via an external grant allocation or process.


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Please note that the count of "number of academic departments (or the equivalent) that include at least one faculty or staff member that conducts research" listed for this credit is greater than the academic department count in other credits. For this Research credit, we define "academic departments" to include all university units conducting sponsored research, which includes centers, institutes and programs (CIPS), cooperative extension offices, Ag Experiment Stations, Student Affairs and others, in addition to traditional academic departments.

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