Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 55.91
Liaison Allie McAllister
Submission Date Nov. 25, 2014
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STARS v2.0

Villanova University
AC-1: Academic Courses

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 7.19 / 14.00
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Figures required to calculate the percentage of courses with sustainability content::
Undergraduate Graduate
Total number of courses offered by the institution 1,154 660
Number of sustainability courses offered 15 28
Number of courses offered that include sustainability 76 60

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

Total number of academic departments (or the equivalent) that offer courses (at any level):
+ Date Revised: Dec. 9, 2014

Number of years covered by the data:

A copy of the institution’s inventory of its course offerings with sustainability content (and course descriptions):
An inventory of the institution's course offerings with sustainability content (and course descriptions):

See uploaded document 2011_2013_ Courses_Descriptions

The website URL where the inventory of course offerings with sustainability content is publicly available:
A brief description of the methodology the institution followed to complete the course inventory:

The university has a sustainability minor and sustainable engineering master’s degree. This is the description of sustainability used for the Sustainability Minor, this is not an identified definition but is a view into how the university views sustainability.

"Sustainability does not just consider the environmental dimension; but also the social and economic dimensions which, when combined, make up the sustainability model; a standard of ethical responsibility many corporations, institutions and governments have adopted a set of guiding principles. The fact is, if we want future generations to enjoy a healthy, equitable and prosperous Earth then we must modify behaviors and policies now to re-case the way we live."

You can find more information about the sustainable engineering masters degree here:

In order to complete the course inventory, our team contacted department heads in departments that were identified as offering sustainability courses or courses that include sustainability. The heads of each department were given descriptions of what qualifies as a sustainability course or course that includes sustainability. Given the provided criteria, department heads responded by identifying and providing names and course numbers for both graduate and undergraduate courses in each category. Our team then searched official online course references to provide the descriptions for each course.

Once all of the courses were compiles, they were counted. The office of enrollment management assisted in providing the information for the number of courses offered by the institution. Data for total number of courses offered by the institution is based off of the two academic years of 2011-2012 and 2012-2013.

How did the institution count courses with multiple offerings or sections in the inventory?:
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 (if different from the options outlined above):

The Law school has not been included in this analysis.

Total number of courses offered by the institution are based off of numbers for the 2012-2013 school year.

Which of the following course types were included in the inventory?:
Yes or No
Internships No
Practicums No
Independent study No
Special topics Yes
Thesis/dissertation No
Clinical No
Physical education No
Performance arts No

Does the institution designate sustainability courses in its catalog of course offerings?:

Does the institution designate sustainability courses on student transcripts?:

Data source(s) and notes about the submission:

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