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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 66.39
Liaison Maria Kirrane
Submission Date July 20, 2018
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

University College Cork - National University of Ireland, Cork
AC-1: Academic Courses

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 6.30 / 14.00 John O'Halloran
Deputy President and Registrar
Office of the Deputy President and Registrar
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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 2,828 1,857
Number of sustainability courses offered 75 32
Number of courses offered that include sustainability 124 33

Percentage of courses that are sustainability course offerings:
5.64

Total number of academic departments (or the equivalent) that offer courses (at any level):
28

Number of academic departments (or the equivalent) that offer at least one sustainability course and/or course that includes sustainability (at any level):
17

Percentage of academic departments with sustainability course offerings:
60.71

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?:
One

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 :

Methodology
A keyword search, using the keywords developed by Kingston University to assess sustainability inclusion in curricula, was used. See reference http://www.sustainabilityexchange.ac.uk/files/workshop_10_-_measuring_sustainable_development_research_in_your_institution.pdf
All courses that returned three search terms or more were manually assessed (reading of course description and learning outcomes). Those that were identified to be "sustainability courses" were marked with the most relevant SDG. If the course contained a significant element of sustainability or directly addressed the theme of sustainable development then it was designated as sustainability focused. Courses that directly addressed one or more SDG, but didn't specifically mention sustainability or sustainable development were designated as courses that included sustainability. For foundation courses, those that specified the inclusion of real world examples that addressed environmental or sustainability themes were included.
This method likely underestimates the number of sustainability relevant courses in UCC.


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):
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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 Yes
Special topics Yes
Thesis / dissertation Yes
Clinical No
Physical education No
Performance arts Yes

The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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Academic departments broken into number of schools in UCC as of Sept 2018.

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.