Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 77.34
Liaison Sally DeLeon
Submission Date Feb. 27, 2022

STARS v2.2

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

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 14.00 / 14.00 Emily Hightower
Sustainability Coordinator
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 4,917 4,125
Number of sustainability-focused courses offered 440 307
Number of sustainability-inclusive courses offered 979 674

Percentage of courses that are sustainability course offerings:
26.54

Total number of academic departments that offer courses:
81

Number of academic departments with sustainability course offerings:
73

Percentage of academic departments with sustainability course offerings:
90.12

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?:
One

A brief description of the methodology used to complete 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 2019 course catalog data exported from the Office of the Registrar. 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:
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).

Website URL where information about the sustainability course offerings is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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Data source(s) and notes about the submission:
Partnership for Action Learning in Sustainability: https://www.umdsmartgrowth.org/programs/pals/

Sustainability Teaching Fellows: https://sustainability.umd.edu/sustainability-teaching-fellows

Sustainability Studies Minor: https://agnr.umd.edu/sustainability-studies-minor

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UMD Libraries and UMD Extension were excluded from the curriculum department count because neither academic unit listed course offerings in the Schedule of Courses. The departments are included in the overall academic department count (PRE-5 and AC-9) because these departments are frequent partners with other course-offering academic units, both departments have academic learning outcomes, and both departments host faculty or staff that perform sponsored research.

Partnership for Action Learning in Sustainability: https://www.umdsmartgrowth.org/programs/pals/

Sustainability Teaching Fellows: https://sustainability.umd.edu/sustainability-teaching-fellows

Sustainability Studies Minor: https://agnr.umd.edu/sustainability-studies-minor

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UMD Libraries and UMD Extension were excluded from the curriculum department count because neither academic unit listed course offerings in the Schedule of Courses. The departments are included in the overall academic department count (PRE-5 and AC-9) because these departments are frequent partners with other course-offering academic units, both departments have academic learning outcomes, and both departments host faculty or staff that perform sponsored research.

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