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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 68.01
Liaison Andrew Predmore
Submission Date March 2, 2017
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STARS v2.1

Indiana University Bloomington
AC-9: Research and Scholarship

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 8.13 / 12.00 Andrew Predmore
Associate Director of Sustainability
Office of Sustainability
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Total number of the institution’s faculty and/or staff that are engaged in research (headcount):
1,348

Number of the institution’s faculty and/or staff that are engaged in sustainability research (headcount):
137

Percentage of the institution's faculty and staff researchers that are engaged in sustainability research :
10.16

Total number of academic departments (or the equivalent) that include at least one faculty or staff member that conducts research:
65

Number of academic departments (or the equivalent) that include at least one faculty or staff member that conducts sustainability research:
33

Percentage of research-producing departments that are engaged in sustainability research:
50.77

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:
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A brief description of the methodology the institution followed to complete the research inventory (including the types of faculty and staff included as researchers):

We began identifying active sustainability researchers by examining the faculty profiles for the ~150 faculty affiliates of the Integrated Program in Environment (included in the optional field website url), the 45 faculty that have participated in our Sustainability Community of Practice (workshop in teaching sustainability) and faculty associated with the Ostrom Workshop in Political Theory (with history of Elinor Ostrom's theoretical approach in sustainability). From these lists we were able to identify either publications or clear evidence of scholarly work in sustainability based on their faculty web-pages. After an initial list was generated, it was shared with the Office of Sustainability Education and Research Working Group; faculty in that group were asked to review the list and suggest additional faculty that had been overlooked. All faculty included are full-time faculty (not adjunct) with appointments that include a research expectation.

To determine how many departments have sustainability research, we took the faculty list and related it to the registrar's list of IU Bloomington Departments. For the total number of departments, we included every department from departmental code list, removing those that did not have their own dedicated faculty lines (for example, all faculty who teach under the Victorian Studies code have home departments in English or History, and would have been captured in their home departments.)


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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.