Overall Rating Reporter
Overall Score
Liaison Phil Valko
Submission Date March 6, 2020
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

Washington University in St. Louis
AC-1: Academic Courses

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete Reporter Cassandra Hage
Sustainability Manager
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 1,702 1,136
Number of sustainability courses offered 44 27
Number of courses offered that include sustainability 73 44

Percentage of courses that are sustainability course offerings:
6.62

Total number of academic departments (or the equivalent) that offer courses (at any level):
79

Number of academic departments (or the equivalent) that offer at least one sustainability course and/or course that includes sustainability (at any level):
41

Percentage of academic departments with sustainability course offerings:
51.90

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 2015, each school on campus was provided with the WU Sustainability Definition and asked to complete a survey of its courses, indicating those that fall into the categories of 'Sustainability-related' and 'Sustainability-focused.'

A student intern was hired to supplement the information received from each school to complete the survey. Annually, student interns review and update the listing of sustainability and sustainability-related courses. Because the most thorough survey was conducted in AY16, this is the data that was used for completing this STARS section.

The Office of the Registrar provided a full listing of all courses offered over the same time period for review and comparison with the inclusions/exclusions below.


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 (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 No
Practicums Yes
Independent study No
Special topics Yes
Thesis / dissertation No
Clinical Yes
Physical education No
Performance arts No

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