STARS 2.1 Review Template
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2.1 Review Template
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The Google Sheets version of this template is available as "View Only". To access an editable version, please select "Make a Copy" under the File menu above.
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Instructions
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As part of our efforts to continuously improve STARS data quality and the reporting process, AASHE is releasing a STARS Review Template alongside changes to an existing credit. Institutions pursuing the revised Pre-Submission Review exemplary practice can now receive points in STARS for conducting either independent or internal review, as long as the standard template is used. The template highlights common issues that AASHE staff have identified during standard post-submission reviews.Through this effort, we hope to learn of the impact that a standardized review process has on STARS data quality and accuracy.
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Benefits of Participating
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Use of the template will help institutions identify potential issues, which will result in higher quality content in current and future reports, fewer issues post-submission, and quicker turnaround time leading to report publication and rating.
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Institutions completing independent or internal review will earn STARS points by completing the Pre-Submission Review exemplary practice credit.
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Peer reviewers can help their institution earn points under the Inter-Campus Collaboration credit in STARS.
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Published reports that underwent independent or internal review will be recognized in AASHE’s annual STARS publication, the Sustainable Campus Index.
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About Independent and Internal Review
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For consistency, all reviewers must use the standard review template provided in this document. Reviews may be conducted by a single individual or a team.
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Independent Review:Conducted by individuals who are affiliated with other organizations (e.g., a peer institution, third-party contractor, or AASHE).
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Internal Review:Conducted by individuals who are affiliated with the organization for which a report is being submitted, and are not directly involved in the data collection process. At minimum, two institutional contacts must be involved in the internal review process (one individual conducting the review and another addressing the review results).
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About the Template
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1. This template includes information on common issues identified for each STARS credit, along with standard items to look out for throughout STARS.
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2. The template is organized with separate tabs for each STARS Category:
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a. Institutional Characteristics (IC)
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b. Academics (AC)
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c. Engagement (EN)
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d. Operations (OP)
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e. Planning & Administration (PA)
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f. Innovation & Leadership (IN)
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3. Reviewers should complete each Category Tab (the ALL tab is not editable and is provided to access a summary of full results).
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Getting Started
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1. Once reviewer(s) has/have been identified, they should receive an editable copy of this template.
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a. STARS Website includes a Google Sheets and Excel version available for download.
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b. Reviewers should be given access to the Institution's report in the STARS Reporting Tool if they do not already have access. See "Users" tab under "My Summary" section of Reporting Tool.
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2. Reviewers should access and refer to the latest version of the STARS 2.1 Technical Manual
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3. Conducting Reviews:
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a. Reviewer information should be filled out below.
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b. Reviewer(s) should review each credit, mark any issues in the dropdown fields, and provide a "First Review Status" decision for each credit.
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c. Once the initial review is complete for all credits, a copy of the document should be saved and forwarded to the STARS liaison.
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d. The STARS liaison is responsible for addressing the reviewer questions through edits and clarifications in the STARS Reporting Tool. Reviewer should check that responses now satisfy credit criteria in any areas that were marked as requiring revision.
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e. Multiple rounds of review may be needed (see hidden columns for 2nd review status and comments).
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f. If Reviewers are unsure about a particular response, or if responses are not satisfactorily addressed, the STARS liaison and/or reviewer can request feedback from AASHE staff by emailing stars@aashe.org.
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g. Once all issues have been addressed, "Final Status" for each credit should be indicated in the last column of the sheet.
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h. The reviewer must submit an upload affirming that the reviewer responsibilities outlined in the Exemplary Practice credit criteria have been fully addressed.
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i. A final version of the completed STARS Review Template and copies of Reviewer Affirmations must be uploaded under the Pre-Submission Review exemplary practice credit.
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Reviewer Information
Primary reviewer information. See optional reviewer fields (below) if more than one individual has reviewed the report.
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Reviewer 1
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Name:
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Type of Review:
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Title & Organization:
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Email (optional):
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Comments (optional):
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Other Reviewer(s) (Optional)Use these fields if multiple individuals collaborated on a single review (i.e., different reviewers by section but only one reviewer per credit). Use the comments space to indicate which credits or section each reviewer reviewed.

If you have multiple reviewers each doing complete reviews (i.e., reviewing all credits), please upload a new completed template for each complete review.
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Reviewer 2
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Name:
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Type of Review:
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Title & Organization:
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Email (optional):
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Comments (optional):
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Reviewer 3
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Name:
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Type of Review:
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Title & Organization:
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Email (optional):
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Comments (optional):
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Reviewer 4
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Name:
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Type of Review:
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Title & Organization:
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Email (optional):
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Comments (optional):
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