Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 54.78
Liaison Luc Surprenant
Submission Date Dec. 20, 2019

STARS v2.2

Universite de Montreal
AC-1: Academic Courses

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 13.24 / 14.00 Louise Béliveau
Vice-rector
Student Affairs & Academics
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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 1,655 1,448
Number of sustainability-focused courses offered 33 28
Number of sustainability-inclusive courses offered 358 268

Percentage of courses that are sustainability course offerings:
22.14

Total number of academic departments that offer courses:
70

Number of academic departments with sustainability course offerings:
55

Percentage of academic departments with sustainability course offerings:
78.57

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?:
Three

A brief description of the methodology used to complete the course inventory :

The sustainability courses were identified through two different and distinct inquiries. The first one was launched in the light of the new 2019 STARS submission and is based on an updated version of the method used in 2016 submission. The second is linked to a broader project of analysing the overall performance of University of Montréal through the lenses of equity, diversity and inclusion (project lead by Marie McAndrew, Special Advisor to the Rector on Equity, Diversity and Inclusion). The former identifies more specifically sustainability courses and distinguish two degrees (focused or inclusive) while the latter identify only courses related to SDG 5 (gender equality) and SDG 10 (reduced inequalities) with no degree. Both lists were joint to answer AC1 in accordance with STARS technical manual (v.2.2) definition of sustainability.
1. Methodology
Methodology for identifying sustainability courses
The title and description of courses that may include sustainability content were analysed through a process that detected the presence of specified keywords from a predetermined list of term or abbreviation developed to this end. A sorting was, afterward, performed according to the output:
a. The courses with negative output (does not contain at least one of the term or abbreviation in their title or descriptive) were identified as such and weren’t analyzed further.
b. Those with positive output, but without any sustainability content, were qualified as “false positive” after being identified visually.
c. The courses with a positive output with visually confirmed sustainability content were sorted as “sustainability-focused” or “sustainability-related” accordingly to STARS criteria (AASHE, 2019).
Since the methodology was verified and approved, through its output, by the professorial community (including Faculty and department members) in 2016, no consultation about the identified list of sustainability courses was done.

Methodology for identifying equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) related courses
a. The courses with negative output (does not contain at least one of the term or abbreviation in their title or descriptive) were identified as such and weren’t analyzed further.
b. Those with positive output, but without any EDI content, were qualified as “false positive” after being identified visually.
c. The courses with a positive output with visually confirmed EDI content were simply tagged as “EDI-related” and added to the count of “sustainaibility-related” course accordingly to STARS criteria (AASHE, 2019).
Thereafter, the professorial community was consulted to confirm the attribute associated with their courses (“EDI-related”). Every demand of withdraw was executed without any need of justification while proposition of adding, for methodological reasons, had to be explained and justified.

2. Courses considered
Some courses have been excluded from the total number, in respect with the criteria of STARS, considering the lack of stability in content or the absence of specific topics. The following courses were specifically targeted trough keyword search and visual identification:
a. PhD Comprehensive Examination
b. Internship
c. Practicum courses
d. Research project
e. Thesis presentation courses (Master and Ph. D)
f. Directed study courses/special topic course/directed reading
g. Seminar courses
h. Stage
i. Methodology courses

3. Keyword lists
Three lists of keyword were developed to be able to discriminate the courses that may contain some component of sustainability from those who don’t; courses with EDI-related content; and courses to be excluded.
The sustainability content and exclusion analyses were done using regular expressions (Regexp) using R studio (RStudio Team (2018). RStudio: Integrated Development for R. RStudio, Inc., Boston, MA URL http://www.rstudio.com/.). For transparency reason, the list here contain both the keywords and the syntax used.
The EDI-related content analysis was done using SQL queries. For transparency reason, the list here contains both the keywords and the syntax used.

Sustainability content analysis
The Sustainability Policy of the University of Montreal (Université de Montréal, 2014) and the definition of sustainability of the Earth Charter (as suggested by the technical manual of STARS v.2.2) were used as substrate to create the following list of word:

"agriculture|
activisme|
rites|
pensée juridique|
bâti|
autochtones|
rôle de l'État|
bio|
changement social|
terroris|
consulta|
citoy|
climat|
collaborat|
coloni|
communaut|
conservation|
contamination|
coopéra|
culture|
démocrat|
Droits et libertés|
démogra|
déterminant|
discriminat|
diversi|
durable|
éco|
eau|
l'eau|
égalit|
énergé|
enviro|
équit|
éthique|
ethn|
émancipa|
exclusion|
fémini|
femme|
humanitai|
handica|
gestion intégrée|
globalisation|
gouvernance|
Impérialisme|
Identité de genre|
hydro|
identités|
interna|
justice|
malnutrition|
margi|
minorité|
mobilité|
mondialis|
naturel|
transnatio|
oppression|
paix|
patrimoine|
pauvreté|
architecture de paysag|
pays en déve|
pollution|
population|
protection|
ressources naturelles|
santé publique|
sexualité|
socio|
socia|
sociét|
tiers-monde|
systèmes de transport|
Syndical|
rural|
ville|
urba|
vert|
verte|
violen"

Exclusion analysis
The technical manual of STARS v.2.2 was used as substrate to create the following list of word:
" thèse|
dissertation|
Projet de recherche|
Lectures individuelles|
Projet spécial|
Atelier|
dirigé|
sans description|
Sujets spéciaux|
stage|
dentaire pédiatrique|
séminaire|
mémoire|
T\\.P\\.|
travail dirigé"

EDI-related content analysis
The “énoncé de mission’’[mission statement] stating the different aspect of EDI analysis of the University of Montréal (elaborated by Marie McAndrew, Special Advisor to the Rector on Equity, Diversity and Inclusion; not publicly available for now) was used as substrate to create the following list of words:

culture
Intégration
Genre
enfant*
Trouble*
Diversité
non francophone
identité
jeune*
Sex*
adol*
Autochtone*
Institutionnel*
Psychosocia*
Systémique
Race*
Race*
ethno*
Migration
Femme*
Vieillissement
Intercultur*
vulnérab*
Ethni*
Inégalité*
domin*
Santé mentale
déficience
Féminis*
minorit*
relation d'aide
droit* + personne
arab*
Socioéconomique
abus*
mouvements sociaux
Équité
hétéro*
Insertion
afrique
Discrimin*
Discrimin*
Immigra*
croyance
Pluralisme
victim*
consentement
Handicap*
juiv*
Exclusion
islam*
allophone*
agress*
palliatif
besoins particuliers
Acessibilité
préjugé*
Adaptation scolaire
Tolérance
Tolérance
souffr*
Transcultu*
Inuit*
natif
Stigma*
judaïs*
classe* sociale*
clientèle* + varié*
Pauvreté
multicultur*
parité
juif
afric*
Inadapt*
migrant*
mulsulman*
réfugié*
Justice Sociale
margina*
foi
disparité*
TSA
autodétermin*
surdi*
masculin*
esclav*
Queer
stéréotype*
répress*
métis*
radica*
préjudice*
Noms des nations (Innu, cri, etc.)
Communauté* Culturelle*
Itinéran*
approche centrée sur le patient, etc.
violence conjugale
post-colon*
Justice distributive
indigène*
activis*
assimil
Inclusion
Racisme
Théorie critique
Émancipation
Laïc*
Personne* âgé*/Ainés
homosex*
âgisme
multiethni*
patient partenaire
terroris*
xéno*
Empowerment
tabou
Altermond
Défavorisé*
Transformations sociales
atypique
contraception
DI/IDI
bisex*
sourd*
gender
médecine sociale
intoléran*
Injustice
LGBT*
Ethnocultur*
Intersectionn*
Agentivité
Obésité
Persévérance
EHDAA
harcèlement
prostitu*
égalité + chance
lesbi*
avortement
oppression
afro
haine
hypersex*
secte
perte* visuelle*


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

AASHE, 2016. STARS, Technical Manual, Version 2.1, Administrative Update One, Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education. 316 p. URL: https://stars.aashe.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/STARS-2.2-Technical-Manual.pdf

Université de Montréal, 2014. Politique de développement durable, Recueil officiel : règlements, directives, politiques et procédures. 5 p. URL: https://secretariatgeneral.umontreal.ca/public/secretariatgeneral/documents/doc_officiels/reglements/administration/adm10_50-Politique_developpement_durable.pdf

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 and complete the Data Inquiry Form.