Overall Rating Bronze - expired
Overall Score 30.79
Liaison Rebecca Jones
Submission Date March 2, 2018
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

Austin College
AC-1: Academic Courses

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 8.18 / 14.00 Kelby Archer
Center for Environmental Studies
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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 563 0
Number of sustainability courses offered 14 0
Number of courses offered that include sustainability 49 0

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 :

Total courses offered were determined by counting courses in our online registration tool for the following terms: Fall 2016, Janterm 2017, and Spring 2017. All exclusions allowed by the STARS Technical Manual (physical education courses, performance art courses, etc) were excluded save "Special Topics," as that category was considered too vague to determine what would and wouldn't be applicable. The definition for "sustainability course offerings" found in the STARS Technical Manual was used, and total number of sustainability course offerings was determined by reviewing course descriptions.

How were courses with multiple offerings or sections counted for the figures reported above?:
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):

Each section of a course was counted as a separate course per the guidance on page 34 of the STARS 2.1 Technical Manual. Of course, this was done for both the total course count and the sustainability course count. On the provided course inventory, the bolded course titles list how many sections were offered in parentheses (if it was more than one). If you count each section as a separate course, you’ll end up with 14 sustainability courses and 49 courses that include sustainability. The numbers next to the course titles on the inventory are placeholders to keep the list organized and are not intended to be the official count.

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

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

The link given above has a publicly accessible "Search for Courses" tab. Clicking that tab will get you to lists of courses (including course descriptions) from recent semesters. Also, we only offer a small number of graduate courses in Education, and therefore our graduate courses were not included in this assessment.

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 or simply email your inquiry to stars@aashe.org.