Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 76.45
Liaison Ryan Ihrke
Submission Date Oct. 17, 2014
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.0

Green Mountain College
AC-1: Academic Courses

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 14.00 / 14.00 Bill Throop
Provost's Office
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Figures required to calculate the percentage of courses with sustainability content::
Undergraduate Graduate
Total number of courses offered by the institution 309 61
Number of sustainability courses offered 48 24
Number of courses offered that include sustainability 89 30

Number of academic departments (or the equivalent) that offer at least one sustainability course and/or course that includes sustainability (at any level):

Total number of academic departments (or the equivalent) that offer courses (at any level):

Number of years covered by the data:

A copy of the institution’s inventory of its course offerings with sustainability content (and course descriptions):
An inventory of the institution's course offerings with sustainability content (and course descriptions):

The website URL where the inventory of course offerings with sustainability content is publicly available:
A brief description of the methodology the institution followed to complete the course inventory:

First, the Provost, Bill Throop, and the Sustainability Director, Aaron Witham categorized all courses offered in Fiscal Year 2013 by reading course descriptions. For courses that did not clearly belong to a category, they reached out to individual faculty members and asked them to explain a course's relation to sustainability, if there was one.

After the initial list was constructed, the provost and sustainability director brought the list to the Campus Sustainability Council (which consists of three faculty members, two students, and two staff in addition to the provost and sustainability director). The council met to discuss the definitions outlined in STARS 2.0, and then were given the list of courses to fact check. After revisions were made by the council, the council voted to approve the list for submission to STARS.

How did the institution count courses with multiple offerings or sections in the inventory?:
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):

Which of the following course types were included in the inventory?:
Yes or No
Internships No
Practicums No
Independent study No
Special topics Yes
Thesis/dissertation Yes
Clinical No
Physical education No
Performance arts Yes

Does the institution designate sustainability courses in its catalog of course offerings?:

Does the institution designate sustainability courses on student transcripts?:

Courses included in the inventory are from FY 2013 (including Fall 2012 and Spring 2013). One-credit and zero-credit courses were not counted in the inventory under sustainability course categories or in the total course list. Courses ranging from two to six credits were all counted as one course evenly. Graduate courses were included.

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.