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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 66.93
Liaison Kelly Wellman
Submission Date Dec. 20, 2016
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STARS v2.1

Texas A&M University
AC-9: Research and Scholarship

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 12.00 / 12.00 Leonarda Horvat
Director
Research Information Systems
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Total number of the institution’s faculty and/or staff that are engaged in research (headcount):
1,592

Number of the institution’s faculty and/or staff that are engaged in sustainability research (headcount):
679

Percentage of the institution's faculty and staff researchers that are engaged in sustainability research :
42.65

Total number of academic departments (or the equivalent) that include at least one faculty or staff member that conducts research:
73

Number of academic departments (or the equivalent) that include at least one faculty or staff member that conducts sustainability research:
66

Percentage of research-producing departments that are engaged in sustainability research:
90.41

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:

See attached file.


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

Because of the availability of information, the faculty research report considers faculty participating in sponsored research. The researcher population used in our analysis reflects researchers that currently have active research and/or have been part of research within the past three years (November 30, 2013 – November 30, 2016).
Using the Texas A&M System Budget, Payroll, and Personnel system and the Texas A&M System Research Information system, all tenured/tenure track and research faculty were identified to provide the total number of faculty performing research. The 71 keywords used in Credit AC-1 were used to search the sponsored research database for faculty research proposal/project titles, and existing project abstracts.
To further refine the researcher inventory, Office of Sustainability (OS) staff conducted an audit of the results from the keyword search by reviewing faculty biographies and research interests available online at Texas A&M departmental websites. Because 15% is the threshold to earn full points regarding the number of faculty engaged in sustainability research, OS staff audited 15% of the results by evaluating every 7th researcher in the database. If it appeared a sub-population had multiple research interests that may not be considered sustainability research, the sample size was expanded and the entire sub-population was audited. Ultimately, OS staff audited 41% of the inventory.
Because only sponsored research was reviewed for this credit, the total number of researchers is a conservative estimate. Additionally, since Texas A&M (TAMU) is a land-grant, sea-grant, and space-grant institution, we have numerous faculty that hold joint appointments with Texas A&M Agricultural and Engineering Agencies. Our database review only considered researchers who were primarily affiliated with TAMU. As a result, this likely further reduced the total number of researchers.
To determine the number of departments that conduct sustainability-related research, the list of researchers and their departments was compared to the 87 equivalent departments identified in credit IC-3; however, there were 14 equivalent departments that were excluded because they represented interdisciplinary programs or institutes.


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.