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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 57.39
Liaison Tina Woolston
Submission Date Nov. 12, 2015
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.0

Tufts University
AC-1: Academic Courses

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.05 / 14.00 Antje Danielson
Administrative Director, Tufts Institute of the Environment & Water: Systems, Science and Society (WSSS) program
Tufts Institute of the Environment
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Figures required to calculate the percentage of courses with sustainability content::
Undergraduate Graduate
Total number of courses offered by the institution 3,710 6,134
Number of sustainability courses offered 79
+ Date Revised: Jan. 19, 2016
67
+ Date Revised: Jan. 19, 2016
Number of courses offered that include sustainability 99
+ Date Revised: Jan. 19, 2016
51
+ Date Revised: Jan. 19, 2016

Number of academic departments (or the equivalent) that offer at least one sustainability course and/or course that includes sustainability (at any level):
25
+ Date Revised: Jan. 19, 2016

Total number of academic departments (or the equivalent) that offer courses (at any level):
90

Number of years covered by the data:
Three

A copy of the institution’s inventory of its course offerings with sustainability content (and course descriptions):
An inventory of the institution's course offerings with sustainability content (and course descriptions):

See attached Excel document.

+ Date Revised: Jan. 19, 2016

The website URL where the inventory of course offerings with sustainability content is publicly available:
A brief description of the methodology the institution followed to complete the course inventory:

Using the AASHE STARS definitions of sustainability courses and courses that include sustainability, the Office of Sustainability reviewed the Tufts course catalogs from Fall 2011-Spring 2014 as well as the course catalogs for the ExCollege.

The mission statement of the ExCollege is: 'Through its innovative, interactive, and interdisciplinary programs, the Experimental College strives to enrich the intellectual experience of undergraduates at Tufts. These programs serve as an incubator for new ideas about teaching, learning, and curriculum. They also aim to engage students actively in the design and delivery of new academic initiatives, often in collaboration with faculty. Shared governance, collaborative learning, and involvement with the community are hallmarks of the ExCollege.'

+ Date Revised: Jan. 19, 2016

How did the institution count courses with multiple offerings or sections in the inventory?:
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):
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Which of the following course types were included in the inventory?:
Yes or No
Internships No
Practicums No
Independent study Yes
Special topics Yes
Thesis/dissertation No
Clinical No
Physical education No
Performance arts No

Does the institution designate sustainability courses in its catalog of course offerings?:
No

Does the institution designate sustainability courses on student transcripts?:
No

Sustainability course guides are publicly available in the following locations:
http://environment.tufts.edu/education/course-guides/
http://sustainability.tufts.edu/get-involved/sustainability-courses/

Many Tufts courses are cross-listed in multiple departments. Many graduate courses are also open to undergraduates.

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.