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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 45.25
Liaison David Tedder
Submission Date Oct. 16, 2015
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STARS v2.0

University of Kentucky
AC-1: Academic Courses

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 5.25 / 14.00 Suzette Walling
Administrative Support
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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 1,814 2,974
Number of sustainability courses offered 29 12
Number of courses offered that include sustainability 153 124

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

Total number of academic departments (or the equivalent) that offer courses (at any level):
+ Date Revised: Nov. 4, 2015

Number of years covered by the data:

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):

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 inventory was completed in 2 phases:
Phase 1- In the first phase a search of the 2014-2015 Bulletin was conducted to create two lists: Potential sustainability courses and potential courses that include sustainability. The potential sustainability course list was generated by searching our entire course catalog for the term “sustaina”. If any form of the word appeared in the course title or course description, then that course was added to the list. The list of potential courses that include sustainability was generated in the same way, however for this list we searched the catalog for this list of search terms independently:
• Environment
• Ecologic/Ecology
• Natura+Resource
• Conservation
• Economic
• Community
• Community+development
• Social
• Societ
• Societal+development
• Global
• Cities
• Bioregion
Phase 2- Independent review of the results of phase 1 by faculty and staff members of the President's Sustainability Advisory Committee to determine which courses are included on which list using the above definition as the guiding criteria.

+ Date Revised: Nov. 3, 2015

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):

Cross listed courses were counted twice.
400G level courses were counted twice, as both undergraduate and graduate level courses. 500 level courses were counted only as graduate level.

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

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

Does the institution designate sustainability courses 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.