Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 45.17
Liaison Nina Bisbee
Submission Date June 29, 2017
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STARS v2.1

Bryn Mawr College
AC-1: Academic Courses

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 5.28 / 14.00 Nina Bisbee
Facilities Services
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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 616 0
Number of sustainability courses offered 27 0
Number of courses offered that include sustainability 21 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 number of courses offered at Bryn Mawr was calculated following Common Data Set (CDS) guidelines. These values exclude credit-bearing or non-credit bearing independent research, internships, senior thesis, or other independent study. Courses exclusively offered by and for the Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research are excluded from these values. Cross-listed courses are counted as a single course offering.
The undergraduate course catalogue was reviewed to determine the number of sustainability courses and courses that include sustainability. The initial review consisted of a word search for key words developed from the definition of sustainability included in the Earth Charter. Each course identified in the search was further reviewed to confirm that the course is a sustainability course or includes sustainability based on the guidance provided in the AASHE STARS 2.1 Technical Manual.

How were courses with multiple offerings or sections counted for the figures reported above?:
Other (please describe below)

A brief description of how courses with multiple offerings or sections were counted (if different from the options outlined above):

Each course was counted as a single course regardless of the number of sections, however if the course was offered in multiple semesters, it was counted each semester it was offered. As a result only 20 courses are listed that include sustainability as PHIL B102- Science and Morality in Modernity was offered in both the Fall and Spring Semester. Similarly, only 25 sustainability courses are listed since Econ B225 - Economic Development was offered in both the Fall and Spring Semester.

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 Yes
Performance arts Yes

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

Additional documentation to support the submission:

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.