Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 67.77
Liaison Andrew Porter
Submission Date March 6, 2020

STARS v2.2

University of Cincinnati
AC-1: Academic Courses

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 7.56 / 14.00 Daniel Hart
Sustainability Coordinator
Planning + Design + Construction
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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 3,061 2,213
Number of sustainability-focused courses offered 109 17
Number of sustainability-inclusive courses offered 181 95

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 :

We examined course offerings for one academic year: AY19-20. UC has a sustainability course designation in its course catalog, so we started with those. Then did a keyword search within the online course catalog for 55 different key words or phrases such as "climate change," "human-centered design," "ecology," and "equity" in the course descriptions. UC staff reviewed the descriptions of the courses identified by the key word search, to determine whether they were in fact sustainability-focused or sustainability-inclusive. For the two dozen or so courses for which inclusion seemed ambiguous based on the course description, staff from the UC Sustainability Office reached out to the faculty members who teach those classes to ask them explicitly whether their course merited inclusion as sustainability-focused or -related. If professors responded affirmatively, we added them to the list.

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:

Website URL where information about the sustainability course offerings is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:

The number of departments reported above does not match with the numbers reported in PA5, because we removed 18 departments in our College of Medicine and one in our James L Winkle College of Pharmacy that are clinically focused, as well as 5 departments in our College Conservatory of Music. Likewise, we removed the practice-oriented courses offered by those departments from our overall inventory.

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