Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 65.28
Liaison Michelle Seppala Gibbs
Submission Date March 3, 2023

STARS v2.2

Hope College
AC-1: Academic Courses

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 7.10 / 14.00 Steve Bouma-Prediger
Professor of Religion
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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 1,595 0
Number of sustainability-focused courses offered 55 0
Number of sustainability-inclusive courses offered 40 0

Percentage of courses that are sustainability course offerings:

Total number of academic departments that offer courses:

Number of academic departments with sustainability course offerings:

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 complete the course inventory :

A long-time member of the faculty who has served as Associate Dean for Teaching and Learning has reviewed every course from every department, as listed in the current catalog of courses. He read course descriptions and in some cases learning outcomes to determine whether the course was a sustainability-focused course, a sustainability-inclusive course, or not connected to sustainability. Hence the numbers in part 1 above are the total number of courses on offer at Hope College and the total number of courses in each of the two sustainability categories.

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:

Most courses with multiple sections are counted only once. For example, every semester there are multiple sections of Economics 211, but it is counted only once. On the other hand, some courses are placeholder courses--courses that have the same number but are actually quite different in content. For example, IDS 100 is our First Year Seminar. All FYS's have the same course number (IDS 100) but different section numbers. Some of the FYS courses are sustainability courses (of one kind or the other) while some do not have any connection to sustainability. Hence the multiple listing of IDS 100 courses.

Website URL where information about the sustainability course offerings is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:

Additional information about sustainability academics can be found at: https://hope.edu/offices/sustainability/academics.html

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