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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 56.83
Liaison Liz Davey
Submission Date Oct. 13, 2015
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STARS v2.0

Tulane University
AC-1: Academic Courses

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 11.47 / 14.00 Liz Davey
Director
Office of Sustainability
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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 1,963 1,373
Number of sustainability courses offered 24 21
+ Date Revised: Dec. 2, 2015
Number of courses offered that include sustainability 266
+ Date Revised: Dec. 2, 2015
194
+ Date Revised: Dec. 2, 2015

Number of academic departments (or the equivalent) that offer at least one sustainability course and/or course that includes sustainability (at any level):
65

Total number of academic departments (or the equivalent) that offer courses (at any level):
80

Number of years covered by the data:
Two

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):
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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:

Student interns in the Office of Sustainability reviewed course lists for each department to generate a draft list of sustainability courses and courses that include sustainability. Lists of courses that had included public service during the last two years were obtained from the Center for Public Service and integrated into the draft list. The draft lists were distributed to Deans during the summer of 2014 for review. For the School of Medicine, the director of the Office of Sustainability worked directly with the Vice Dean of Academic Affairs of the School of Medicine to develop the list.

To count the total number of courses offered, a student intern returned to sources first used to develop the draft list. Course numbers for learning experiences with content determined by the student were not included (i.e. Honors Thesis, Internship, Independent Study, Capstone, Research, Master’s Research, Dissertation Research). Courses numbers for Service Learning credit were not counted, as the course to which the service learning is attached is already included in the inventory. Courses with multiple offerings or sections were counted once.


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 Yes
Physical education No
Performance arts Yes

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

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

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.