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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 Bronze
Overall Score 43.94
Liaison Lisa Kawai
Submission Date June 5, 2017
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STARS v2.1

Soka University of America
AC-1: Academic Courses

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 14.00 / 14.00 M. Robert Hamersley
PhD, Associate Professor of Microbiology
Environmental Studies
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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 862 0
Number of sustainability courses offered 73
+ Date Revised: Sept. 12, 2017
0
Number of courses offered that include sustainability 104
+ Date Revised: Sept. 12, 2017
0

Percentage of courses that are sustainability course offerings:
20.53

Total number of academic departments (or the equivalent) that offer courses (at any level):
4

Number of academic departments (or the equivalent) that offer at least one sustainability course and/or course that includes sustainability (at any level):
4

Percentage of academic departments with sustainability course offerings:
100

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?:
Three

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 :

Three faculty members and a student from sustainability committee created the course inventory. Registrar's class schedule from 2014 to 2016 was used to create the inventory. The definition of sustainability used for course identification was based on STARS manual and Earth Charter. The validity of the course inventory was maintained by using the course catalog, course syllabus, and faculty involvement in course identification.


How were courses with multiple offerings or sections counted for the figures reported above?:
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):
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Are the following course types included in the inventory? :
Yes (included) or No (not included)
Internships No
Practicums No
Independent study No
Special topics No
Thesis / dissertation No
Clinical No
Physical education No
Performance arts No

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