Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 65.38
Liaison Jeremy King
Submission Date Feb. 28, 2019
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STARS v2.1

Denison University
AC-1: Academic Courses

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 11.16 / 14.00 Jeremy King
Campus Sustainability Coordinator
Office of the President
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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 1,068 0
Number of sustainability courses offered 17 0
Number of courses offered that include sustainability 149 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 :

Each year the Office of Sustainability tracks courses offered by the college and determines which are sustainability courses and which courses that include sustainability.

Included in this are periodic surveys to the faculty to assess content of these courses and whether they are sustainability courses or courses that include sustainability.

In nearly all cases faculty self-indentified courses they teach using this as a guide:

A sustainability course is a course in which the primary and explicit focus is on sustainability and/or on understanding or solving one or more major sustainability challenge (e.g. the course contributes toward achieving principles outlined in the Earth Charter).

Please go to: http://www.earthcharterinaction.org/content/pages/Read-the-Charter.html for a list of these principles*

A course that includes sustainability is primarily focused on a topic other than sustainability, but incorporates a unit or module on sustainability or a sustainability challenge, includes one or more sustainability-focused activities, or integrates sustainability issues throughout the course.

If the title and description of a course do not clearly indicate its connection to Sustainability then a course is not included as a sustainability or sustainability-related course unless the instructor has indicated to the Office of Sustainability that it should be included based on the topics covered.

Some courses at Denison become sustainability-related based on who teaches the course and their particular interest in sustainability issues.

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):

To simply counting, all cross listed courses are included in the inventory and counted and all sections of a course are counted. Only courses that a 4-credit courses are included in this inventory.

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

The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:

Additional documentation to support the submission:

Only 4 credit hour courses are included in this inventory.

Denison maintains an internal password protected website where most of this information resides. Public access web pages have limited information on this topic.

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.