Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 81.82
Liaison Ryan Ihrke
Submission Date Feb. 23, 2018
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STARS v2.1

Green Mountain College
AC-1: Academic Courses

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 14.00 / 14.00 Ryan Ihrke
Director 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 600 170
Number of sustainability courses offered 105 75
Number of courses offered that include sustainability 194 61

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 :

First, sustainability office staff categorized all courses offered in the 2015-2016 and 2016-2017 academic years by reading the course syllabus and course description. 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. When information was not clear, the courses were indicated as not having a connection to sustainability.

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):

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 Yes
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:

Courses included in the inventory are from the 2015-2016 and 2016-2017 academic years.

For the purposes of the course inventory, departments were indicated as programs that have a director and had a class offered during the 2015-2016 and/or the 2016-2017 academic year that was specifically coded as being offered by the program or met a core requirement for an associated major, minor, or certificate. The Environmental Liberal Arts Program was listed as a department for the purposes of the course and department inventory.

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. Courses that had only one student were treated as independent study and not included in the inventory. Graduate courses and on-line degree completion 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.