Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 63.54
Liaison Meghan Wrenn
Submission Date Aug. 8, 2019
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

Endicott College
AC-1: Academic Courses

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 8.59 / 14.00 Anthony Michetti
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 737 447
Number of sustainability courses offered 63 6
Number of courses offered that include sustainability 61 17

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 :

Endicott is committed to supporting the personal and professional development of its students, preparing them to assume meaningful roles within the greater community both domestically and internationally. As a result, sustainability topics including social well-being, economic prosperity, and environmental health contribute to the depth of the curriculum. Our undergraduate majors ALL include several internships and a student thesis or design project.

To assess the courses we downloaded the complete current academic year course catalogs for undergraduate and graduate students and evaluated each course based on our detailed knowledge of the course through direct interaction with faculty or through its description. Internships and thesis were counted in departments/majors where we have direct knowledge that students have undertaken sustainability-related internships and observation of thesis presentation at the college-wide thesis day and/or a role in advising students. Student theses with sustainability themes span departments from education to sports management and are usually focused on environmental sustainability. Student theses in criminal justice and psychology very often include issues related to social well-being.

We know too that there are many courses that we have not captured. Many of these are in the arts where nature and the environment are often the topics for art, graphic design, and photography. In addition seminar courses or courses that are taught as special topics were not counted. For example there have been special topic courses on Climate Change that have not been included in the course catalog previously.

Sustainability courses are courses in which the primary and explicit focus is on sustainability and/or on understanding or solving one or more major sustainability challenges through techniques such as science, policy, business, or design. 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 and themes throughout the course.

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 (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 No
Special topics No
Thesis / dissertation Yes
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:

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