Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 72.19
Liaison John Pumilio
Submission Date Aug. 11, 2017
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

Colgate University
AC-1: Academic Courses

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 6.89 / 14.00 Pamela Gramlich
Sustainability Office Program Coordinator
Sustainability Office
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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 1,356 0
Number of sustainability courses offered 61 0
Number of courses offered that include sustainability 54 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 :

Definitions for “Sustainability Courses” and “Courses Related to Sustainability” were derived from the AASHE STARS 2.1 Technical Manual. We crafted a finalized list for Sustainability Courses” and “Courses Related to Sustainability” taken within the last three years using the course offerings page available on the Colgate Website. We sought confirmation of the courses we had selected by reaching out the academic heads of each department via email. Along with their help and help from other professors, we confirmed our choices or made the appropriate changes.

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):

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

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

There are several independent studies and theses within the Environmental Studies program as well as in Geography, Biology, and Chemistry. Colgate offers sustainability workshops that are in collaboration with physical education.

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.