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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 68.76
Liaison Kimberly Williams
Submission Date Feb. 27, 2015
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STARS v2.0

George Washington University
AC-11: Access to Research

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Lisa Benton-Short
Director of the Sustainability Academic Program
Department of Geography
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Total number of institutional divisions (e.g. schools, colleges, departments) that produce research:
10

Number of divisions covered by a policy assuring open access to research:
10
+ Date Revised: May 7, 2015

A brief description of the open access policy, including the date adopted and repository(ies) used:

GW's Faculty Senate approved an open access policy for the university on February 13, 2015. Provost Lerman, on behalf of the administration, accepted the recommendation contained in Faculty Senate Resolution 15/2 to establish the open access policy on February 23, 2015. By ensuring that published scholarship becomes publicly accessible, the open-access policy is designed to further GW's commitment to promoting innovative research that makes a positive impact on society. The policy is not designed to have any impact on authors’ decisions about where they publish. Authors will not need to change where or how they publish in order to comply with this policy. The approved policy will grant students, faculty, and the greater public free online access to university scholarship through a Creative Commons Open Access license.

+ Date Revised: May 7, 2015

A copy of the open access policy:
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The open access policy:
+ Date Revised: May 7, 2015

The website URL where the open access repository is available:
http://library.gwu.edu/about/open-access-at-gw
+ Date Revised: May 7, 2015

A brief description of how the institution’s library(ies) support open access to research:

GW Libraries has provided a “GW Addendum to Publication Agreement” to explain the access policy to publishers and to assist faculty in negotiation with publishers. Faculty who have contracts with publishers that prohibit open access will be granted a waiver.

+ Date Revised: May 7, 2015

The website URL where information about open access to the institution's research is available:
http://library.gwu.edu/about/open-access-at-gw
+ Date Revised: May 7, 2015

The GW Faculty Senate approved an open access policy on February 13, 2015. The approved policy grants students, faculty, and the greater public free online access to university scholarship through a Creative Commons Open Access license. Articles, papers and other research, excluding books, will be catalogued in GW Scholar Space, a digital repository for university scholarship. A copy of the policy is found at: https://library.gwu.edu/about/faculty-open-access

GW adopted the Electronic Theses and Dissertation (EDT) program in Fall 2007, to allow graduate students to create works of scholarship that are interactive, visually appealing, and readily accessible to a large audience of readers. Electronic theses/dissertations can include content that is not easily integrated into paper-based documents, such as high-resolution graphics, charts, pictures, photographs, and multi-media content. Since the start of the program, over 1,500 theses and dissertations have been successfully processed using the ETD Administrator system. The ETD website includes information on formatting requirements, steps for ETD Submission (including the required forms), and deadlines. Though GW does not yet have an institutional repository, theses and dissertations are in ProQuest. The URL for the GW EDT program: http://library.gwu.edu/etd and to search for dissertations and theses: http://library.gwu.edu/node/1287

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.