Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 51.46
Liaison Bradley Flamm
Submission Date March 6, 2020

STARS v2.2

West Chester University of Pennsylvania
AC-9: Research and Scholarship

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 7.53 / 12.00 Bradley Flamm
Director of Sustainability
Office of the President
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Total number of employees that conduct research:
980

Number of employees engaged in sustainability research:
73

Percentage of employees that conduct research that are engaged in sustainability research:
7.45

Total number of academic departments that include at least one employee who conducts research:
51

Number of academic departments that include at least one employee who conducts sustainability research:
29

Percentage of departments that conduct research that are engaged in sustainability research:
56.86

A copy of the inventory of the institution’s sustainability research (upload):
Inventory of the institution’s sustainability research:

See attached document.


A brief description of the methodology the institution followed to complete the research inventory:

The attached inventory includes self-reported information from 77 full and part-time faculty members who responded "yes" to the question "Between the beginning of the 2018 fall semester and the end of the 2019 summer sessions, did yo conduct research at WCU that was related to any of the UN Sustainable Development Goals?" The figure of 980 employees who conduct research refers to the combined total of full-time and part-time faculty as reported in WCU's published Common Data Set for 2018-19 (https://www.wcupa.edu/viceProvost/institutionalResearch/documents/05_16_2019_CDS_2018-2019.pdf).

This question was part of a survey distributed electronically to all full- and part-time faculty in September of 2019 (while tenured and tenure-track faculty have clearly defined responsibilities to conduct research, there are also expectations that part-time faculty fulfill research and service activities in proportion to their teaching load). Multiple reminders were sent to faculty asking for completion of the survey before it was closed in November of 2019.

The survey identified two potential designations for courses: "A sustainability-focused course is one in which the main goals and objectives include environmental, social or economic sustainability. A sustainability-inclusive course is one in which environmental, social or economic sustainability is addressed, but not included in the main goals and objectives of the course." It then identified the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals as addressing topics that illustrate a focus on, or inclusion of content related to, sustainability. In defining research that addresses sustainability, the survey referred to the SDGs and requested descriptions of research projects to explain the researcher's conclusion.


Website URL where information about the institution’s sustainability research is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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