Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 69.06
Liaison Margaret Bounds
Submission Date June 18, 2021

STARS v2.2

Connecticut College
AC-1: Academic Courses

Status Score Responsible Party
10.59 / 14.00 Doug Thompson
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 1,862 0
Number of sustainability-focused courses offered 78 0
Number of sustainability-inclusive courses offered 182 0

Percentage of courses that are sustainability course offerings:
13.96

Total number of academic departments that offer courses:
36

Number of academic departments with sustainability course offerings:
27

Percentage of academic departments with sustainability course offerings:
75

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?:
Two

A brief description of the methodology used to complete the course inventory :

The Office of Sustainability conducted a survey of courses by sending targeted letters to department heads listing the department's courses that previously met the sustainability criteria used for STARS reporting and additional courses that we felt might meet the definition of a sustainability course. Each letter described the College's definition of sustainability and included both the AASHE definitions of sustainability focused and sustainability inclusive as well as the UN Sustainability Goals. Courses included in the letter were then characterized by the department as either sustainability-focused, sustainability-inclusive or neither. We received responses from 24 of 36 departments and interdisciplinary programs that offer courses. Determinations about courses from departments that did not respond were made by the Office of Sustainability based on the course descriptions and how they had been characterized in a 2018 survey conducted of faculty. When departments included a list of relevant UN SDGs, they were indicated in the course inventory. The same survey was used to obtain data on sustainability learning outcomes and research. An example of the department survey is uploaded as a supporting document. At the college we have 31 departments and 5 interdisciplinary programs that offer courses. We included the total of 36 departments and programs for this analysis.

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).


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:
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Website URL where information about the sustainability course offerings is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:

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