Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 53.21
Liaison Imad Alsyouf
Submission Date May 9, 2021

STARS v2.2

University of Sharjah
AC-1: Academic Courses

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 9.76 / 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 12,280 1,627
Number of sustainability-focused courses offered 458 3
Number of sustainability-inclusive courses offered 1,637 17

Percentage of courses that are sustainability course offerings:
15.21

Total number of academic departments that offer courses:
49

Number of academic departments with sustainability course offerings:
27

Percentage of academic departments with sustainability course offerings:
55.10

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 :

This course inventory was prepared and completed by the Sustainability Curriculum Circle with support from the Deanship of Quality Assurance, Institutional Effectiveness, and Accreditation as well as the University Colleges and academic Departments. The Sustainability Curriculum Circle is one of many circles working under the umbrella of the Sustainability office (https://www.sharjah.ac.ae/en/Administration/Sustainability/Pages/default.aspx) at University of Sharjah. The data represented here reflects only the University of Sharjah Main Campus (Sharjah Campus). The list of courses listed in this report represents three academic years 2017/2018, 2018/2019 and 2019/2020.
The Sustainability Curriculum Circle asked each department at UoS (main campus) to provide the list of courses that are sustainability-focused or -inclusive. In addition, it was required also to summarize how each course reported is related to sustainability. In order to increase the faculty member's awareness of sustainability, and course classifications into sustainability-focused or sustainability-inclusive, we followed STARS definition. The examples provided in the STARS manual (AC-01- p.8 & p.9) were very helpful guides to faculty members. The constraints of excluding courses as indicated by the STARS manual were introduced to faculty members to follow.
After receiving the sustainability-related courses from different departments, we sent the list to the Deanship of Quality Assurance, Institutional Effectiveness, and Accreditation seeking their help to provide us with the number of sections offered and students enrolled in these courses in the last three academic years. In addition, they provided us with the number of the academic departments at UoS main campus in the last three years.

Note: The attached MS Word file (2-AC1_Summary_Sustainability_Courses) summarized the numbers of focused, inclusive, courses and sections for undergraduate and graduate levels as well as the number of courses and sections at the University of Sharjah main campus over the three academic years (2017/18, 2018/19 and 2019/20).
Please see the attached template (3-AC_1_Template) that we distributed to colleges so departments can include the sustainability-related courses offered by them.


How were courses with multiple offerings or sections counted for the figures reported above?:
Each offering or section of a course was counted as an individual course

A brief description of how courses with multiple offerings or sections were counted:

Each offering or section of a course was counted as an individual course. That is, courses were counted based on the number of sections offered in the last three academic years. For example, the course Design for Energy Efficiency from the Sustainable and Renewable Energy Engineering Department were offered with two sections in Fall and two sections in Spring each year over the past three years. That is, each year it was offered four times and for the last three years it was offered 12 times.


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

1- It is worth mentioning that we reported the number of sections not the number of courses

2- The number of departments is in PRE5 is consistent with the number of departments in AC1.2

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.