Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 76.08
Liaison Tess Esposito
Submission Date March 1, 2019
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STARS v2.1

University of Dayton
AC-1: Academic Courses

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 12.98 / 14.00
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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 2,303 1,193
Number of sustainability courses offered 120 38
Number of courses offered that include sustainability 307 145

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 :

Total number of courses offered by the institution:
Report generated by the University's Institutional Reporting Office (Susan Sexton). Criteria for the report: 1) timeframe: Spring 2016 – Fall 2018 (3 years); 2) cross-listed courses counted separately; 3) courses with multiple sections and in multiple terms counted as a single offering; 4) courses counted across all schools in the university; 5) offerings such as internships, independent studies, music ensembles, etc were not counted; 6) labs were counted as separate courses; 7) only courses taught were counted.

Special topics courses were also counted, and include several different course sections with special topics within a single course number. Each special topic course section that fit the criteria listed above was counted and included in the reporting.

Number of Sustainability courses and courses that include sustainability:
The same criteria were used as defined above for institutional data. In addition, for sustainability criteria, a preliminary course inventory was prepared from HSI faculty and staff knowledge and from reviewing the course catalog and the university's Course Inventory Management (CIM) system (following the definitions provided in the STARS documentation). The CIM system documents full course proposals for the Common Academic Program and recently for any new or revised course submitted to the Academic Affairs Committee. When further clarification on a specific courses was needed, faculty were asked for syllabi or relevant course documentation.

For all sustainability focused courses, we recorded whether courses fell into category A,B, or C and for all C courses what sustainability challenge(s) they focused on. For all courses that include sustainability it was noted either that they included sustainability as a topic or outcome or we noted what sustainability challenge was included in the course (module or outcome).

If the course description was not sufficient to support our classification, we provided additional comments on the specific course topics taught or the relevant student learning outcome(s).

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 Yes
Thesis / dissertation No
Clinical No
Physical education No
Performance arts No

The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:

Data source(s) and notes about 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.