Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 61.30
Liaison Scott Morgan
Submission Date Aug. 30, 2019
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

Evergreen State College, The
AC-1: Academic Courses

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 14.00 / 14.00 Scott Morgan
Director of Sustainability
President's Office
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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 292 50
Number of sustainability courses offered 23 8
Number of courses offered that include sustainability 47 5

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 :

The inventory was created for 2019-2020 offerings with the course catalog as of May 2019. The Masters in Teaching program was excluded from analysis, as it will not be offering academic programs for the 2019-2020 school year, but will resume in 2021.

Most Evergreen undergraduate courses are interdisciplinary 8 - 16 credit programs that cover more than just one subject. Full-time, 16 credit, programs combine subjects taught by several faculty from different fields. A program connects these fields with an overarching theme, reflecting the interconnectedness of the real world. As such, Faculty identify themes and subject matter in the class listings. Students may search the catalog and identify classes that include a desired topic.

Sustainability content may include:
- Living within the limits (for example, reducing consumption)
- Understanding the interconnections among economy, society, and environment
- Equitable distribution of resources and opportunities
- Focus on social equity and welfare
- Critical thinking about environmental problems and/or the climate crisis

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):

16 credit programs often span multiple quarters. If the same program was offered independently, either in individual sections or separate quarters, it was counted separately in the catalog, however single programs spanning multiple quarters were only counted once. One such example is the Practice of Organic Farming, which does not accept new students in the final quarters.

Are the following course types included in the inventory? :
Yes (included) or No (not included)
Internships Yes
Practicums No
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:

Evergreen student transcript portfolios include narrative evaluations written by faculty for every class the student has taken. Those evaluations also indicate subject matter emphasis within the class, which may be different for individual students depending on their focus and direction.

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 or simply email your inquiry to stars@aashe.org.