Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 66.39
Liaison Phil Valko
Submission Date March 4, 2022

STARS v2.2

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

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 6.20 / 14.00 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 3,155 1,556
Number of sustainability-focused courses offered 118 50
Number of sustainability-inclusive courses offered 135 65

Percentage of courses that are sustainability course offerings:

Total number of academic departments that offer courses:

Number of academic departments with sustainability course offerings:

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 complete the course inventory :

The Office of Sustainability requested a full course list from the Office of the Registrar for Summer 2020, Fall 2020, and Spring 2021 (excluding internship, thesis, independent study, and physical education sections). Performance/technique/composition classes, special topics classes related to COVID-19, and clinical classes at the School of Medicine were manually removed. Using this list as well as the school's online course catalog, they built out a spreadsheet and determined whether each course was sustainability focused or related/inclusive.

The list from the Office of the Registrar was used for the full number of undergraduate and graduate courses. A separate list with the official number of departments was used to determine the number of departments with at least one course that is either sustainability focused or related/inclusive.

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:

Courses that were cross listed across departments were listed under each department in which they appear.

Courses with multiple sections (i.e. offerings by the same professor at different times) were only counted once.

Website URL where information about the sustainability course offerings is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:

The number of sustainability and sustainability-related courses increased since the last audit, with many more courses in environmental studies, earth & planetary sciences, anthropology, architecture, and public health.

Note: the system for catagorizing "departments" in course listings is not aligned with "departements" as defined by the Provost's office for research and within business operations. This causes some confusion and requires calibration when determining the total number of departments for each of the reporting areas to ensure that the numerator and denominator are comparable and representative.

To align the reported # of departments and also reporting around # of depts that do research and # of depts that offer at least 1 sustainability course, we are using the number 65. All of the "depts" listed in the course listing were cross referenced and put into one of the 65 departments for the purpose of reporting the same total number of departments, but not over representing the # of departments that teach sustainability courses.

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