Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 49.46
Liaison Margaret Bounds
Submission Date March 2, 2018
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

Connecticut College
AC-1: Academic Courses

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 9.49 / 14.00 Chad Jones
Former Faculty Director of Sustainability
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
Number of sustainability courses offered
Number of courses offered that include sustainability

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 :
We distributed a survey to all faculty members at the college in Fall 2017, which provided the definitions of sustainability courses and courses that include sustainability (taken directly from the STARS technical manual and listing the UN Sustainable Development Goals). The survey is uploaded as a supporting document below. We asked respondents to determine if their courses met the criteria. 55 of the 165 faculty at the college responded to this survey. We also asked faculty members to rate the degree to which their courses incorporates each of the three areas of sustainability: environmental health, social wellbeing and economic viability on the following scale (5=central theme of the course; 4=major theme of the course; 3=major theme of a unit or minor theme throughout the course; 2=mentioned occasionally; 1=not considered at all). We eliminated any courses that did not substantially include (3 or higher) in at least two of the areas. In some cases faculty did not fill out the survey, but sustainability staff had conversations with the faculty member and/or looked at the syllabus and determined that courses fit the criteria (see notes on course inventory). Course schedules from 2016-2017 and from 2017-2018 were then evaluated to determine the number of sustainability courses offered. We counted each section of a course as a separate course (but not if it was multiple lab sections of course that met all together for class). At the college we have 31 departments and 6 interdisciplinary majors. We included the total of 37 departments and programs for this analysis.

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):
For courses taught by different professors - only sections taught by faculty who completed the survey were counted as sustainability courses

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:
Data source(s) and notes about 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.