Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 65.01
Liaison Paul Mathisen
Submission Date May 23, 2017
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Worcester Polytechnic Institute
AC-9: Research and Scholarship

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 12.00 / 12.00 John Orr
Professor
Liberal Arts & Computer Engineering
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Total number of the institution’s faculty and/or staff that are engaged in research (headcount):
247

Number of the institution’s faculty and/or staff that are engaged in sustainability research (headcount):
61

Percentage of the institution's faculty and staff researchers that are engaged in sustainability research :
24.70

Total number of academic departments (or the equivalent) that include at least one faculty or staff member that conducts research:
15

Number of academic departments (or the equivalent) that include at least one faculty or staff member that conducts sustainability research:
13

Percentage of research-producing departments that are engaged in sustainability research:
86.67

A copy of the institution’s inventory of its sustainability research that includes names and department affiliations of faculty and staff engaged in sustainability research:
The institution’s inventory of its sustainability research that includes names and department affiliations of faculty and staff engaged in sustainability research:
A brief description of the methodology the institution followed to complete the research inventory (including the types of faculty and staff included as researchers):

To identify faculty who are engaged in sustainability research, we reviewed the online faculty profiles of: faculty associated with sustainability-focused academic programs; faculty who listed relevant research interests in the graduate course catalog; faculty who taught a sustainability-related course; faculty associated with a sustainability-related academic center; and other faculty members known to be engaged in sustainability research. In addition, we distributed a survey to faculty through which they were asked to describe any sustainability-related research in which they are currently engaged or were engaged within the last three years. For scoring purposes, we counted only on tenured and tenure-track faculty since conducting research is one of their job responsibilities. However, some teaching professors and other non-tenure track individuals also do substantial sustainability research. We have listed them in a separate worksheet of the inventory to recognize their work but make clear that it is not part of the scoring calculation.


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