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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 51.71
Liaison Jeffrey Severin
Submission Date July 17, 2015
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STARS v2.0

University of Kansas
AC-1: Academic Courses

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 7.19 / 14.00 Kim Criner
Education & Outreach Coordinator
Center for 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 3,985 3,223
Number of sustainability courses offered 93 53
Number of courses offered that include sustainability 353 196

Number of academic departments (or the equivalent) that offer at least one sustainability course and/or course that includes sustainability (at any level):
47

Total number of academic departments (or the equivalent) that offer courses (at any level):
94
+ Date Revised: Oct. 7, 2015

Number of years covered by the data:
One

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:

The course catalog was reviewed by Center for Sustainability staff to identify courses that may meet the definitions for sustainability-related and -focused courses. The compiled lists for each academic area were then sent to department chairs and directors for a final review. The list was cross-referenced with semester catalogs to determine if a given course was offered in fall 2013, spring 2014 or summer 2014. Courses were counted as one for each semester offered. A course offered in F, S & M would be counted 3 times for example.


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):

Courses were counted as one for each semester it was offered during the Academic Year F13-M14, regardless of how many sections were offered. Honors sections were not counted separately.


Which of the following course types were included in the inventory?:
Yes or No
Internships ---
Practicums Yes
Independent study ---
Special topics Yes
Thesis/dissertation ---
Clinical ---
Physical education ---
Performance arts ---

Does the institution designate sustainability courses in its catalog of course offerings?:
Yes

Does the institution designate sustainability courses on student transcripts?:
Yes

Goals 4 (diversity and global awareness) & 5 (social responsibility and ethics) of the KU Core may apply to the last two questions. Courses that fill requirements are noted in the online course catalog. Completion of these requirements is noted on student transcripts.

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.