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

STARS v2.2

University of Cincinnati
AC-9: Research and Scholarship

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 8.96 / 12.00 Erin LeFever
Asst Sustainability Coordinator
Planning + Design + Construction
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Total number of employees that conduct research:
2,469

Number of employees engaged in sustainability research:
226

Percentage of employees that conduct research that are engaged in sustainability research:
9.15

Total number of academic departments that include at least one employee who conducts research:
68

Number of academic departments that include at least one employee who conducts sustainability research:
45

Percentage of departments that conduct research that are engaged in sustainability research:
66.18

A copy of the inventory of the institution’s sustainability research (upload):
Inventory of the institution’s sustainability research:

see file


A brief description of the methodology the institution followed to complete the research inventory:

The number of employees that conduct research includes UC's tenure-track faculty (1,172) and adjunct faculty (1297); it excludes 1215 "educator" faculty members for whom research is NOT a part of the criteria used to make promotion decisions (they are non-tenure track, so tenure is not a consideration). By including adjunct faculty, UC is likely over-counting the number of employees that conduct research (since many adjuncts do not, and are not expected to), but we are striving to be conservative in our accounting.

The number of departments that conduct research, reported above, does not match with the numbers reported in PA5. That's 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 (see AC 1, "departments" tab of the Course Inventory, for a list of these departments.)

.To compile the research inventory, we employed two complementary methods: 1) Querying UC's Sponsored Research Database: Using UN's 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and The Earth Charter, we first identified keywords, terms and phrases relevant to sustainability. We then used those terms and phrases to query the titles and abstracts of the projects in UC's sponsored research databases (COEUS and SCOPUS) for the last several years (July 2016- present), and confirmed (or denied) the link to sustainablity for the items that came up as a result of the query by reading the associated documents in the data base for each project. The results of this exercise are captured in column E of the Research Inventory uploaded with this credit. 2) Reviewing individual faculty profiles: Each UC faculty member has a profile page that summarizes their work, including research; we reviewed these pages and included faculty who indicated active research in sustainability topics.


Website URL where information about the institution’s sustainability research is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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