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The Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System™ (STARS) is a transparent, self-reporting framework for colleges and universities to measure their sustainability performance.

Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 67.06
Liaison Allie Schwartz
Submission Date April 14, 2015
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STARS v2.0

Columbia University
AC-1: Academic Courses

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 5.79 / 14.00 Alison Miller
Deputy Executive Director
Earth Institute
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Figures required to calculate the percentage of courses with sustainability content::
Undergraduate Graduate
Total number of courses offered by the institution 5,704 5,874
Number of sustainability courses offered 94 352
Number of courses offered that include sustainability 215 482

Number of academic departments (or the equivalent) that offer at least one sustainability course and/or course that includes sustainability (at any level):
43

Total number of academic departments (or the equivalent) that offer courses (at any level):
156

Number of years covered by the data:
One

A copy of the institution’s inventory of its course offerings with sustainability content (and course descriptions):
An inventory of the institution's course offerings with sustainability content (and course descriptions):

See attached document.


The website URL where the inventory of course offerings with sustainability content is publicly available:
A brief description of the methodology the institution followed to complete the course inventory:

In 2011, the University defined sustainability-related and -focused courses and determined which courses fell into this description by reaching out to the department administrators, program directors, other relevant faculty and staff, and by reviewing the course catalogs. The list was updated in November 2014 by reviewing the 2011 list and comparing to the current course catalogs for the University. For graduate courses, courses were checked in the Columbia University Directory of Classes - courses were either updated, added or deleted from our inventory. For undergraduate courses, the same process was followed, with the addition of checking the Columbia College Bulletin website for relevant sustainability courses.


How did the institution count courses with multiple offerings or sections in the inventory?:
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):

Same as above.


Which of the following course types were included in the inventory?:
Yes or No
Internships No
Practicums Yes
Independent study Yes
Special topics Yes
Thesis/dissertation No
Clinical No
Physical education No
Performance arts No

Does the institution designate sustainability courses in its catalog of course offerings?:
No

Does the institution designate sustainability courses on student transcripts?:
No

The information presented here is self-reported. While AASHE staff review portions of all STARS reports and institutions are welcome to seek additional forms of review, the data in STARS reports are not verified by AASHE. If you believe any of this information is erroneous or inconsistent with credit criteria, please review the process for inquiring about the information reported by an institution and complete the Data Inquiry Form.