Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 74.59
Liaison Chris Adam
Submission Date Sept. 7, 2020
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

Dawson College
AC-1: Academic Courses

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 9.29 / 14.00 Chris Adam
Sustainability Office
"---" indicates that no data was submitted for this field

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 15,871 0
Number of sustainability courses offered 714 0
Number of courses offered that include sustainability 1,650 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 :

Courses from the college course calendar were obtained from the registrar's office for the academic year 2018-19. The content was placed in an excel sheet format by our IT department and then key search words representing the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals or Earth Charter were used to isolate the course descriptions to be reviewed. This was done by a contracted outside consultant. Interviews with teachers from various programs about their sustainability content demonstrated that some course descriptions were dated and did not reflect the sustainability content of various teachers interviewed. This is a challenge that needs to be addressed. The results reflect the course descriptions as they existed in 2018-19, unless a teacher came to the sustainability office with their course outline and demonstrated their sustainability content. This only represented 3 courses, as no communication went out publicly to change course outline descriptions.
AASHE guidelines were used as per the STARS 2.1 indicator sustainability course or sustainability-related course guidelines.
The sustainability office worked with the registrar's office and the external consultant to document results.

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):

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

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

1.- CONTRIBUTION OF SUSTAINABLE MONTRÉAL 2016-2020 TO THE 17 SDGs (https://ville.montreal.qc.ca/rapportmontrealdurable/doc/montreal-durable-2016-2020-contribution-aux-ODD-2018-en.pdf)

The Dawson website interchanges the words program, disciplines and profiles at times. The 27 programs were identified from the College Academic sector and from the official "Viewbook" that is distributed to feeder schools.

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.