Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 57.98
Liaison Jay Price
Submission Date March 6, 2020
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STARS v2.1

University of Tennessee at Knoxville
AC-1: Academic Courses

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 7.06 / 14.00 Jay Price
Sustainability Manager
Facilities Services
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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 3,845 4,046
Number of sustainability courses offered 145 112
Number of courses offered that include sustainability 166 155

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 archived course descriptions online, from the 2018-2019 academic year, contained 39 pages of listed courses in each subject of study. This format made it more accessible to copy each section in an excel sheet, resulting in the total number of classes for undergraduate and graduate levels.

Data Analysis Interns, Cecilia Cordera and Sophie Hitson, filtered through the online archived catalog for sustainability related and focused courses with keywords: environment, environmental, sustainability, ecology, ecological, energy, climate, green, renewable, fuel, conservation, global change, pollution, etc. The course descriptions provided online assisted in the process of categorizing whether it was sustainability-related or a sustainability course.

Additionally, all classes in departments that are known to have sustainability focuses or learning outcomes were read through to catch any missing classes. Theses, independent studies, etc. in departments with a focus in sustainability or environmental science were counted towards sustainability focused or related courses. After the searches were complete, the available course descriptions were read through to identify sustainability related and focused courses.

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 Yes
Practicums Yes
Independent study Yes
Special topics Yes
Thesis / dissertation Yes
Clinical Yes
Physical education Yes
Performance arts Yes

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

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