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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 Silver
Overall Score 50.89
Liaison Nicholas Kordesch
Submission Date Feb. 15, 2017
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STARS v2.1

San Francisco State University
AC-1: Academic Courses

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 6.02 / 14.00 Rachelle Caterson
Student Assistant
Office of Sustainability
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Figures required to calculate the percentage of courses offered by the institution that are sustainability course offerings:
Undergraduate Graduate
Total number of courses offered by the institution 5,248 2,195
Number of sustainability courses offered 964 9
Number of courses offered that include sustainability 25 17

Percentage of courses that are sustainability course offerings:

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

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

Percentage of academic departments with sustainability course offerings:

A copy of the institution’s inventory of its sustainability course offerings and descriptions:
Do the figures reported above cover one, two, or three academic years?:

A brief description of the methodology used to determine the total number of courses offered and to identify sustainability course offerings, including the definitions used and the process for reviewing and/or validating the course inventory :

The number of courses was determined by reviewing the SF State course catalog and course descriptions. SF State has an "Environmental Sustainability" requirement which is defined by classes that "must examine some aspect of environmental sustainability. The perspective can be from any area of the university curriculum, such as social sciences, natural sciences, arts, humanities, business, or engineering." We used this definition to inventory the courses.

In the attached course inventory, courses in Blue count as "Sustainability Courses." Courses in Red and Orange count as "Courses that include sustainability." Courses with white lettering signify that the highlighted class is also listed in the "Environmental Sustainability/Sustainability Overlay" category and are only counted once.

How were courses with multiple offerings or sections counted for the figures reported above?:
Each course was counted as a single course regardless of the number of offerings or sections

A brief description of how courses with multiple offerings or sections were counted (if different from the options outlined above):

Courses with multiple offerings were counted as a single course.

Are the following course types included in the inventory? :
Yes (included) or No (not included)
Internships Yes
Practicums No
Independent study Yes
Special topics Yes
Thesis / dissertation Yes
Clinical No
Physical education No
Performance arts No

The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:

Full department and program list:

"Program" is the same as a "Department," but contains fewer than 5 faculty.

Had help with collecting data from Eva Allen, Associate, Academic & Institutional Studies
Academic Institutional Research

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.