Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 66.51
Liaison Jennifer Lamy
Submission Date July 14, 2022

STARS v2.2

Emerson College
AC-1: Academic Courses

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 11.10 / 14.00 Matt Fabian
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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 685 194
Number of sustainability-focused courses offered 56 1
Number of sustainability-inclusive courses offered 47 8

Percentage of courses that are sustainability course offerings:

Total number of academic departments that offer courses:

Number of academic departments with sustainability course offerings:

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 complete the course inventory :

The Registrar supplied the raw coursework data through the fall 2021- summer 2022 Course Catalog. Using the UN's Sustainable Development Goals as a foundation and recognizing that sustainability includes social, financial, & environmental factors, Emerson's Sustainability Committee determined course offerings that focused on or included sustainability. Where not obvious, we listed the connection to sustainability in the column, "Explanation/rationale."

How were courses with multiple offerings or sections counted for the figures reported above?:
Each course was counted as a single course regardless of the number of offerings or sections

A brief description of how courses with multiple offerings or sections were counted:

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

We exempted two categories of courses: "individually-directed courses (e.g., thesis, independent study, practicum" and "Arts courses dedicated to performance, technique, or composition." Below is a more detailed list of our exemptions. Please also note that individual courses are marked "Exempt" where appropriate in the full inventory of Emerson College courses submitted here.
- Clinical practicum for Communication Disorders program (CD 611-615)
- Internships
- Directed study and capstone projects
- Masters’ Theses
- All pre-college courses
- Classes taught at other institutions through consortia, including study abroad programs (for example, we exempted Blanquerna courses in Spain)
- Courses taught through the Washington Center (as part of Washington, DC program)
- Applied music (private voice/instrument lessons)
- All “”topics,” “advanced topics,” and “special topics” classes were exempt because the specific topics rotate

We are aware that our results vary somewhat from our last submission. This is partially due to the constant evolution of offered courses at the College and partially due to a slower and more comprehensive review process aimed at better identifying sustainability-inclusive courses that relate to all SDGs.

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