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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 67.88
Liaison Mary Easterling
Submission Date Sept. 14, 2017
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STARS v2.1

Pennsylvania State University
IC-3: Academics and Demographics

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete N/A Mary Easterling
Assoc Director, Analysis & Assessment
Sustainability Institute
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Number of academic divisions (e.g. colleges, schools):
13

Number of academic departments (or the equivalent):
84

Number of students enrolled for credit:
46,195

Total number of employees (staff + faculty):
17,027

Full-time equivalent student enrollment (undergraduate and graduate):
45,661

Full-time equivalent of employees (staff + faculty):
15,577

Full-time equivalent of students enrolled exclusively in distance education:
0

Number of students resident on-site:
14,211

Number of employees resident on-site:
0

Number of other individuals resident on-site, e.g. family members of employees, individuals lodging on-site (by average occupancy rate), and/or staffed hospital beds (if applicable):
0

Weighted campus users, performance year:
49,481.25

Additional documentation to support the submission:
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Penn State also reported 6,320 FTE distance education students enrolled during FY15/16. These students are reported separately as World Campus students, and are not included in the University Park campus FTE and headcounts given above. For that reason we do not include them in the distance education reporting field above, as doing so would result in an incorrect calculation of Weighted Campus Users by STARS.
Counts of students and employees are based on the Fall 2015 snapshot, which was deemed to be most consistent with the FY15/16 and calendar year 2016 data upon which our STARS report is based.
FTE of employees was estimated by using full-time and part-time non-student headcounts from the Penn State Fact Book, and assuming that part-time and "casual" workers are 0.625 FTE.
Number of residential employees was not available; assumed zero because likely very small.

Count of academic departments includes departments, and colleges and schools that lack departments (e.g., Law, Nursing); these were each counted as one department. Programs were not counted, however many of these - which cross departmental and even college boundaries - fall into the sustainability realm.

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.