Overall Rating Bronze
Overall Score 36.28
Liaison Claire Rodgers
Submission Date June 28, 2018
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering
AC-1: Academic Courses

Status Score Responsible Party
12.73 / 14.00
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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 101 0
Number of sustainability courses offered 8 0
Number of courses offered that include sustainability 9 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 :

The total number of courses were determined by the courses offered in the course catalogs during Fall 2016-Spring 2017. Courses with multiple section were counted once per semester. Cross-registered classes were counted as one course. Courses that students can take at other institutions were not counted and The Olin Internship Practicum, Olin Introductory Experience, and Study Away were not considered courses for this section. Sustainability course offerings were determined by a definition that is a combination of environmental well-being and human well-being. To count as "sustainable", the main topic has to be one or both of these and all projects have to be in the topic, not part of the course or some of the projects. E.g., a course on biology with a disease lens (human well-being) is "sustainability related", where as a course on disease would be "sustainability". The course inventory was reviewed and validated by a professor at Olin College who discussed course descriptions with fellow colleagues.

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):

Courses that had multiple sections were each counted once per semester.

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

Due to the nature of Olin's curriculum, the classes offered in future years may be different then the courses offered in FY17. The Olin Internship Practicum, OIE, and Study Away were not considered classes for this section.

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