|Submission Date||Feb. 25, 2016|
University of California, Merced
AC-9: Academic Research
Sierra Nevada Research Institute
Institution’s faculty and/or staff conduct sustainability research and the institution makes an inventory of its sustainability research publicly available.
Institution’s academic departments (or the equivalent) include faculty and staff who conduct sustainability research.
Any level of sustainability research is sufficient to be included for this credit. In other words, a researcher who conducts both sustainability research and other research may be included.
In order to report for this credit, the institution should conduct an inventory to identify its sustainability research activities and initiatives.
Each institution is free to choose a methodology to identify sustainability research that is most appropriate given its unique circumstances. For example, an institution may distribute a survey to all faculty members and ask them to self-identify as being engaged in sustainability research or ask the chairperson of each department to identify the sustainability research activities within his or her department. The research inventory should be based on the definition of “sustainability research” outlined in Standards and Terms and include, at minimum, all research centers, laboratories, departments, and faculty members whose research focuses on or is related to sustainability.
This credit applies to all institutions where research is considered in faculty promotion and/or tenure decisions. Institutions that do not consider research in faculty promotion and/or tenure decisions as a matter of policy or standard practice may choose to pursue or omit this credit.
Each part is scored independently.
Institutions earn the maximum of 6 points available for Part 1 of this credit when 15 percent or more of faculty and staff that are engaged in research are engaged in sustainability research. Incremental points are awarded based on the percentage of researchers that are engaged in sustainability research. For example, if 7.5 percent of faculty and staff that are engaged in research are engaged in sustainability research, an institution would earn 3 points (half of the points available for Part 1 of this credit).
Institutions earn the maximum of 6 points available for Part 2 of this credit when 75 percent or more of departments that conduct research are engaged in sustainability research. Incremental points are available based on the percentage of departments that conduct sustainability research. For example, if 25 percent of departments that conduct research are engaged in sustainability research, an institution would earn 2 points (⅓ of the points available for Part 2 of this credit).
See scoring tables and examples in the STARS Technical Manual.
Report the most recent definition, results and methodology available.
Institutions may choose to report research activities from one, two, or three academic years, as long as both the total number of research faculty and staff and the number of faculty and staff engaged in sustainability research are measured during the same time.
Sampling and Data Standards
An institution may adopt a definition of faculty and staff that are engaged in research that is appropriate given its unique circumstances. Institutions may report on faculty only, or choose to include staff researchers and/or graduate student employees that conduct research, as long as they are reported in both the count of faculty and staff that are engaged in research and the count of faculty and staff that are engaged in sustainability research. Likewise, institutions may report on faculty and staff regardless of status (e.g. full-time, part-time, adjunct, graduate student), as long as they are counted consistently.
Institutions that do not have academic departments or equivalent administrative divisions should report fields of study, programs, subject areas or the equivalent.
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.