Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 52.53
Liaison Andrew DeMelia
Submission Date June 6, 2019
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STARS v2.1

Bryant University
AC-1: Academic Courses

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 11.58 / 14.00 Gaytha Langlois
Chair, Science & Technology Department
Science & Technology Department
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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 650 88
Number of sustainability courses offered 17 9
Number of courses offered that include sustainability 65 12

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 :

As a first step, courses with sustainability content or focus were identified based on an analysis of catalog descriptions of existing courses, distinguishing the level of content as “components” or “emphasis”. Sustainability content encompasses materials related to resource tracking and conservation practices, including reuse, recycling/waste reduction, energy efficiency, the human connection with the natural world, reduced toxics in industrial processing, green building approaches, population growth issues, public policy development for better environmental management, political decision making, design of human environments, and our collective responsibility for global environmental realities. Sustainability emphasis was considered to be present when some array of these topics constituted the main focus of the course, or where specific skills for sustainability practices were stressed (e.g., sustainable supply chain analysis, sustainability marketing, or tools for assessing coastal vulnerability to climate change impacts and for developing coastal resiliency measures).

Subsequently, faculty were invited to complete an online survey to self-identify sustainability course content or focus, and to ascertain interest in developing new courses or expanding present offerings to include additional sustainability content. A follow-on survey will occur in the Fall 2020 semester, where faculty will be asked about specific topics, as well as to explore what type of support would encourage the expansion of emphasis on sustainability practice within the curriculum.

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 (if different from the options outlined above):

Laboratory classes under a separate course number, but associated with a lecture class (e.g., Sci-351 Ecology and SCI-L351)were not included in the above course 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:

A listing of the sustainability-focus and sustainability-content courses is available here: https://web.bryant.edu/~bes/Courses_Sustainability_March_2019.pdf

All courses and their descriptions are available here: https://catalog.bryant.edu/

Programs with sustainability content are posted here:

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