Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 68.71
Liaison Keisha Payson
Submission Date Feb. 28, 2019
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STARS v2.1

Bowdoin College
AC-1: Academic Courses

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 14.00 / 14.00 Keisha Payson
Sustainability Coordinator
Sustainable Bowdoin
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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 846 0
Number of sustainability courses offered 63 0
Number of courses offered that include sustainability 225 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 :

The sustainability office completed an initial inventory based on class lists from the registrar's office and cross referenced with descriptions in the course catalog. The office then worked with the dean's office of academic affairs to send out a survey to all 234 faculty teaching classes during the 2018-2019 academic year asking if they agreed with our assessment of their courses or not. We received an 89% response rate from the survey where faculty had to self select whether their courses fit the description. Faculty were asked if the content of their courses were "related" or "focused" to any of the UN's 17 Sustainable Development Goals. In the survey, faculty had to specifically click "related", "focused", or "not related". The survey indicated that sustainability focused courses refers to courses where the primary and explicit focus of the course is on sustainability and/or on understanding or solving one or more major sustainability challenge. Sustainability related courses primarily focus on a topic other than sustainability, but incorporate a unit or module on sustainability or a sustainability challenge as part of the course. Courses not related to sustainability meet neither of the requirements above.

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):

If a course is offered multiple times during the year it is included in our overall course number multiple time as that is the way the registrar gets their overall total course count. In a few cases the same course may be offered by more than one faculty member and it is only included in this list if the individual faculty member self-identified their course as such. For example, on page 27 Micro and Macro Economics are both listed multiple times by different faculty members – each one self-identified in the survey that their version of the course included sustainability in specific topics or lessons.

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

The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:

Additional documentation to support the submission:

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