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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 69.02
Liaison Sara McKinstry
Submission Date March 30, 2018
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STARS v2.1

University of California, San Diego
AC-1: Academic Courses

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 9.29 / 14.00 Sara McKinstry
Campus Sustainability Manager
Vice Chancellor for Resource Management & Planning
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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 2,541 754
Number of sustainability courses offered 43 11
Number of courses offered that include sustainability 248 147

Percentage of courses that are sustainability course offerings:

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

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

Percentage of academic departments with sustainability course offerings:

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?:

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 :

The US San Diego Sustainability Programs Office staff and student interns maintain the UC San Diego Sustainability Course Inventory by going through online course catalogues and departmental websites every fall. The draft inventory is then sent to administrators, deans, provosts, chairs, and academic staff -- in particular from the Office of the Dean of Undergraduate Education, the Council of Undergraduate Education Committee, and the Office of the Dean of the Graduate Division -- to make additions or corrections. Through those offices each spring an email is sent to all faculty asking them to review the inventory on the SPO website and to send any corrections, changes or additions to the SPO's email address. At any time, however, UC San Diego administrators, faculty, lecturers and staff can email updates to the SPO for review, confirmation and inclusion.

How were courses with multiple offerings or sections counted for the figures reported above?:
Not applicable; no courses with multiple offerings or sections were included

A brief description of how courses with multiple offerings or sections were counted (if different from the options outlined above):

If a course was cross-listed with another department, it was only counted under one department. If an undergraduate and graduate version of a course is offered, its undergraduate course number counted towards the undergraduate course count, while the graduate version counted towards the graduate count.

Are the following course types included in the inventory? :
Yes (included) or No (not included)
Internships No
Practicums Yes
Independent study No
Special topics Yes
Thesis / dissertation No
Clinical Yes
Physical education No
Performance arts Yes

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

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.