Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 56.79
Liaison Ryan Chabot
Submission Date April 23, 2024

STARS v2.2

University of Central Florida
AC-1: Academic Courses

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 8.03 / 14.00 Ryan Chabot
Sustainability Coordinator
Arboretum and Sustainability Initiatives
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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 33,302 9,014
Number of sustainability-focused courses offered 1,336 305
Number of sustainability-inclusive courses offered 1,225 462

Percentage of courses that are sustainability course offerings:

Total number of academic departments that offer courses:

Number of academic departments with sustainability course offerings:

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 complete the course inventory :
The Registrar's Office provided a spreadsheet of all course offerings between January 2020 through July 2023. Course titles and descriptions were searched for sustainability keywords and analyzed for criteria applicability using a custom script in R following the protocols developed by staff at The University of Southern California (https://github.com/USC-Office-of-Sustainability/SustainabilityCourseFinder) based on initial developments by staff at Carnegie Mellon University (https://github.com/CMUSustainability/SDGmapR). After initial automated search and labeling in R, UCF Sustainability Initiatives student Co-Coordinators and interns reviewed course listings the code identified as sustainability-focused or sustainability-inclusive to independently verify the designation. Course count includes lectures (LEC) and labs (LAB) as defined by the Registrar's Office. Each section of a course was counted as a course. To remain commensurate with other STARS credits in which only the main campus was included, only courses offered on the main campus or online were included. Credit offerings such as dissertations, theses, doctoral research, independent study, and internships were omitted.

How were courses with multiple offerings or sections counted for the figures reported above?:
Each offering or section of a course was counted as an individual course

A brief description of how courses with multiple offerings or sections were counted:

Website URL where information about the sustainability course offerings is available:

Additional documentation to support the submission:

Data source(s) and notes about the submission:
Within the attached CSV file, the "FINAL" tab contains the final course information. The course descriptions outlined in the column "clean_course_desc" were evaluated using the R coding protocols for keywords related to the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The column "all_goals" contains the number(s) of the SDGs identified using keywords with the R coding protocol. The column "automated_sustainability_classification" details if the coding protocol identified a course as being Sustainability-Inclusive, Sustainability-Focused, or Not Related. The column "UCF SI Team Check" is the independent verification by UCF students for any courses that were identified as Sustainability-Inclusive or Sustainability-Focused by the coding protocol. Finally, the column "Verified Sustainability Classification" is the classification of each course based on the coding protocol following independent verification, which was used to provide the summary information for parts 1 and 2 of AC1. The tab "PivotTable_AC1Part1" contains a summary of the sustainability classification of coursework, broken down by undergraduate and graduate courses used to provide information for Part 1 of AC1. The column "PivotTable_ACPart2" contains a summary of sustainability classifications broken down by the departments that offer the course, to provide information for Part 2 of AC1.

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