Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 49.61
Liaison Tony Gillund
Submission Date May 9, 2017
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

The Ohio State University at Newark
AC-1: Academic Courses

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 5.25 / 14.00 Jacqueline H. (Jackie) Parrill
Vice President for Institutional Planning and Human Resources Development
Human Resources and Planning
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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 335 8
Number of sustainability courses offered 10 1
Number of courses offered that include sustainability 18 0

Percentage of courses that are sustainability course offerings:

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

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

Percentage of academic departments with sustainability course offerings:

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?:

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 course inventory is a subset of information obtained from the listing of courses taught during the 2015-2016 academic year. The course listing included the subject, number, title, and description. Study abroad courses, internship courses, honors courses, technical (ATI) courses, and research courses (independent and group studies, undergraduate and graduate research, thesis research and dissertation research) have been excluded.

Transformation of a manually line delimited listing was exported from an email format to an excel spreadsheet that took into account various functions such as replacement of the line delimiting and removal of a space between the course abbreviation and number. After completion, it was examined using the “vlookup” function in excel to reference against the Columbus inventory of sustainability courses resulting in the above figures. The Columbus inventory was created first by conducting a comprehensive word search using 110 keywords that relate to any environmental, economic, or social component of sustainability as defined by the Earth Charter. The word search identified 5,586 courses that were evaluated further according to AASHE STARS criteria for sustainability courses and courses that include sustainability. The final selection of sustainability courses was reviewed and approved by the Sustainability Curriculum Ad-hoc Committee.

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):

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 Yes
Performance arts Yes

The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:

Additional documentation to support the submission:

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.