Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 47.37
Liaison Holly Andersen
Submission Date Jan. 26, 2021

STARS v2.2

Bennington College
AC-1: Academic Courses

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 4.55 / 14.00
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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 571 16
Number of sustainability-focused courses offered 3 0
Number of sustainability-inclusive courses offered 5 0

Percentage of courses that are sustainability course offerings:
1.36

Total number of academic departments that offer courses:
10

Number of academic departments with sustainability course offerings:
6

Percentage of academic departments with sustainability course offerings:
60

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?:
One

A brief description of the methodology used to complete the course inventory :

These classes are for the academic years 2018/19. Each year after this sustainability has grown and increasingly become a common thread in our curriculum. This course inventory includes Plastic Pollution and What You Can Do About It (APA2176.01),Speaking of Earth: Environmental Speeches that Moved the World (MOD2163.01),Future Studio (VA4207.01) and Resilience and Food Access in Bennington, VT (APA2241.01). APA2176.01 in in the CAPA department, the Center for the Advancement of Public Action (you can learn more about CAPA here: https://www.bennington.edu/capa) and is a a two credit course. We are on a plan system and do not have majors- every student builds their own plan and the faculty create classes to meet the needs of those plans, thus, there are not always levels, for example 100, or 200 level courses. MOD2163.01, as part of our language department, Speaking of Earth: Environmental Speeches that Moved the World, a one credit course focused on public engagement of personal action toward sustainability. And again, no level due to plan process. VA4207.01, a collaboration between our humanities department and our visual art department is a four credit course. Please see description in link. APA2250.01, a collaboration between CAPA and our local school system provides two credits and does not have a level. DA4103.01, part of our visual arts department was a four credit class. A brief description of the course is in each link in the attached excel document. All these courses are included as they have a common theme of sustainability, and more importantly, call students to personal action and involvement to fight the climate crisis. These classes were included in the course offerings by making certain that sustainability is in the written description. Other courses certainly have sustainability elements, though the word is not listed in the written course description.


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

Each class was a counted as an individual class or offering. This does not include pop up courses or lectures provided for free and open to the public in CAPA.


Website URL where information about the sustainability course offerings is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:

This information was found through the Bennington College website and registrar's office. Please let me know if you have any more questions and/or concerns.

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