Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 68.19
Liaison Ian Johnson
Submission Date July 14, 2017
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STARS v2.1

Colorado College
AC-1: Academic Courses

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 6.96 / 14.00 Ian Johnson
Sustainability Director
Office of Sustainability
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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 1,193 0
Number of sustainability courses offered 45 0
Number of courses offered that include sustainability 30 0

Percentage of courses that are sustainability course offerings:
6.29

Total number of academic departments (or the equivalent) that offer courses (at any level):
30

Number of academic departments (or the equivalent) that offer at least one sustainability course and/or course that includes sustainability (at any level):
20

Percentage of academic departments with sustainability course offerings:
66.67

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?:
Three

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 :

All courses developed in the 2014, 2015 and 2016 Sustainability Across the Curriculum workshops and tagged with the sustainability course designation were included. All courses inventoried for STARS reporting have gone through the designation process. An intern in the Office of Sustainability also cross-referenced this year's course offerings with courses identified as related to sustainability from previous years' reporting. In addition, the intern went through the course catalog to identify new courses that relate to sustainability, verifying with faculty where necessary. All regular, credit-bearing course offerings during the academic year (blocks 1-8) of 2014-2015, 2015-2016, and 2016-2017 were included, excluding theses, independent study courses, adjuncts, and summer courses.


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):
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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:
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The Office of Sustainability has recently implemented a course designation for sustainability-focused and -related courses. The designation is was written by a group of students, faculty, and staff that was part of the Sustainability Action Team appointed by the president during the 2013-2014 academic year. A number of courses, mostly ones that were developed by faculty as part of the Sustainability Across the Curriculum Workshop, have gone through the designation process. This year, in addition to the courses developed in the Sustainability Across the Curriculum workshop, an intern at the Office of Sustainability goes through the course catalog and identifies courses that may be either sustainability focused or sustainability related and contacts the professor to ask them to fill out the course designation application (https://www.coloradocollege.edu/offices/sustainability/academics/curriculum/). These courses are listed on the college's webpage (https://www.coloradocollege.edu/offices/sustainability/academics/sustainability-courses-2015-2016/). However, the designation is not yet included in the course catalog or on student transcripts.

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 and complete the Data Inquiry Form.