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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 65.19
Liaison Justin Mog
Submission Date Feb. 13, 2016
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STARS v2.0

University of Louisville
AC-1: Academic Courses

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.45 / 14.00 Justin Mog
Assistant to the Provost for Sustainability Initiatives
Office of the Provost
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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 8,567 8,024
Number of sustainability courses offered 31 42
Number of courses offered that include sustainability 264 144

Number of academic departments (or the equivalent) that offer at least one sustainability course and/or course that includes sustainability (at any level):
32

Total number of academic departments (or the equivalent) that offer courses (at any level):
93

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:

In 2011, UofL updated its electronic system for listing new courses and revising existing courses (the Course Inventory File) to include codes for sustainability-focused or -related courses. Until now, the data has primarily been used for internal administrative purposes, but we are working toward making this information easily available to students who will be able to use these criteria in searching the catalog. As a part of this process, the Sustainability Council's Education & Research Committee was tasked with auditing the SUST coded courses to weed out any that were inaccurately coded. Faculty on the committee reviewed syllabi and contacted professors in questionable cases to polish the list. As a final step to identify potential sustainability courses that were not already coded, committee members reviewed offerings in their home academic units and the Assistant to the Provost for Sustainability Initiatives reviewed UofL's online course catalog.


How did the institution count courses with multiple offerings or sections in the inventory?:
Each offering or section of a course was counted as an individual course

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 Yes
Practicums Yes
Independent study Yes
Special topics Yes
Thesis/dissertation Yes
Clinical Yes
Physical education Yes
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.