Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 58.33
Liaison Michael Amadori
Submission Date March 1, 2019
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

Hobart and William Smith Colleges
AC-1: Academic Courses

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 10.68 / 14.00 Michael Amadori
Sustainability Manager
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 744 9
Number of sustainability courses offered 20 0
Number of courses offered that include sustainability 113 2

Percentage of courses that are sustainability course offerings:
17.93

Total number of academic departments (or the equivalent) that offer courses (at any level):
57

Number of academic departments (or the equivalent) that offer at least one sustainability course and/or course that includes sustainability (at any level):
30

Percentage of academic departments with sustainability course offerings:
52.63

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?:
One

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 :

Over the past several months the Sustainability Manager and several student sustainability interns reviewed all courses offered at Hobart and William Smith Colleges in fall 2017 and spring 2018. We examined the course catalogue course descriptions and identified courses that fit the classification of either “related” or “focused.” Additionally, if courses were not apparent sustainability-focused or related, subject matter faculty experts were consulted to review those courses. Lastly, many courses were removed from the evaluation for various reasons, such as study abroad courses, science labs, .5 credit courses, and others.


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