Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 69.47
Liaison Sally DeLeon
Submission Date Feb. 28, 2019
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

University of Maryland, College Park
AC-1: Academic Courses

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 8.87 / 14.00 Sally DeLeon
Acting Manager
Environmental Safety, Sustainability and Risk
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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 7,421 6,151
Number of sustainability courses offered 174 65
Number of courses offered that include sustainability 503 231

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 :
The Office of Sustainability compiled courses from the Partnership for Action Learning in Sustainability, the Sustainability Studies Minor Approved Courses List, the Sustainability Teaching Fellows program, and results from their keyword search and manual review of all 2016 course catalog data exported from the Registrar's office. Keywords used are based on the Earth Charter, the Sustainable Development Goals and comparable keyword lists used by peer institutions for this STARS credit.

How were courses with multiple offerings or sections counted for the figures reported above?:
Other (please describe below)

A brief description of how courses with multiple offerings or sections were counted (if different from the options outlined above):
When the same course was offered in different terms, it was counted once for each term that it was offered; The various sections of each course (with the same course numbers) were only counted once per term. Discussion sections and laboratories associated with a course were each counted as their own courses when they each had unique course codes (usually differentiated by different letters tacked on at the end of the course number).

Are the following course types included in the inventory? :
Yes (included) or No (not included)
Internships Yes
Practicums Yes
Independent study Yes
Special topics Yes
Thesis / dissertation Yes
Clinical No
Physical education Yes
Performance arts Yes

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:
Partnership for Action Learning in Sustainability: http://smartgrowth.umd.edu/PALS Sustainability Teaching Fellows: https://sustainability.umd.edu/education-research/sustainability-teaching-fellows Sustainability Studies Minor: http://www.publicpolicy.umd.edu/undergraduate/academics/minors/sustainability-minor

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.