Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 65.21
Liaison Gary Cocke
Submission Date Sept. 11, 2019
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

The University of Texas at Dallas
AC-1: Academic Courses

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 7.04 / 14.00 Gary Cocke
Associate Director for Sustainability and Energy Conservation
Office of Sustainability
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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 1879 2079
Number of sustainability courses offered 60 24
Number of courses offered that include sustainability 131 62

Percentage of courses that are sustainability course offerings:
7.00

Total number of academic departments (or the equivalent) that offer courses (at any level):
22

Number of academic departments (or the equivalent) that offer at least one sustainability course and/or course that includes sustainability (at any level):
14

Percentage of academic departments with sustainability course offerings:
63.64

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 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 :

In order to document the UT Dallas Course Inventory of Academic Year (AY) 2019, the Office of Sustainability requested a full list of AY 2019 courses through the Provost's Office. The UT Dallas course catalog website, (undergraduate courses: https://catalog.utdallas.edu/2018/undergraduate/courses and graduate courses: https://catalog.utdallas.edu/2018/graduate/courses), was utilized to document course descriptions for all AY2019 courses. In order to filter for sustainability courses and courses that include sustainability, certain key words were used relating to the United Nation Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDG(s)) [document attached in additional documentation to support the submission].

In order to protect against false positives that occurred from utilizing key word searches, ALL sustainability courses (focused and related) that were identified using the key word search were then audited by the Sustainability Director to ensure that each course was correctly identified as focused or related to sustainability.


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):
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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:

Course catalog from Fall 2018 and Spring 2019 was used for the audit and courses were audited during summer 2019.

Please note that the number of departments differs from IC3 because IC3 includes departments that are research only. The attached course inventory included only 22 possible departments through which classes could be listed. The spreadsheet is filtered to only show sustainability courses and filters can be removed to see all available departments.

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.