Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 66.40
Liaison Parker Long
Submission Date Aug. 27, 2021

STARS v2.2

Virginia Commonwealth University
AC-1: Academic Courses

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 4.54 / 14.00 Elias Frantz
Sustainability Assistant
VCU 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 2,215 1,898
Number of sustainability-focused courses offered 131 65
Number of sustainability-inclusive courses offered 97 62

Percentage of courses that are sustainability course offerings:
8.63

Total number of academic departments that offer courses:
116

Number of academic departments with sustainability course offerings:
19

Percentage of academic departments with sustainability course offerings:
16.38

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 complete the course inventory :

This information represents the Fall '20 semester, Spring '21 semester. The inventory was completed by having each faculty member tag their own classes as sustainability-focused or sustainability-inclusive. Each class was then confirmed as such by Office of Sustainability by reviewing the course description and syllabus. The STARS definitions were used in identifying these courses, as in sustainability-focused is defined as "the course has a primary and explicit focus on sustainability" and sustainability-inclusive is defined as "the course incorporates a unit or module on sustainability or a sustainability challenge, includes one or more sustainability-focused activities, or integrates sustainability challenges, issues, and concepts throughout the course".


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:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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