Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 67.33
Liaison Greg Lischke
Submission Date Nov. 25, 2019
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

Ithaca College
AC-1: Academic Courses

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 12.54 / 14.00 Rebecca Evans
Campus Sustainability Coordinator
Office of Energy Management and 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 1,224 185
Number of sustainability courses offered 144 12
Number of courses offered that include sustainability 73 6

Percentage of courses that are sustainability course offerings:
16.68

Total number of academic departments (or the equivalent) that offer courses (at any level):
42

Number of academic departments (or the equivalent) that offer at least one sustainability course and/or course that includes sustainability (at any level):
37

Percentage of academic departments with sustainability course offerings:
88.10

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 :

Total number of courses does not include music performance, clinical preparation, or sport-specific coaching. Practicums, special topics, minicourses, research methods, internships, and independent studies were also not included per the STARS Technical Guide. Honors classes were not included in course totals due to lack of detailed descriptions. Foundational medical courses (e.g. Anatomy & Physiology) were counted in course totals.
Courses were determined to be "sustainability-focused" if they focused directly on sustainability theory and/or practice, as well as if the course grappled with a major sustainability issue, including those associated with race, gender, and globalization. If a sustainability issue was mentioned in the primary course-description, it is considered sustainability-focused.
Courses were determined to be "sustainability-inclusive" based on information provided by faculty within a discipline (School of Business and Recreation & Leisure Studies) or if they included a module on sustainability.

The total number of courses and total sustainability-focused or -inclusive courses differs significantly from our 2016 STARS report. Previously, we included every course offered at IC, rather than excluding performance, clinical, independent studies, etc. per the STARS manual.


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):

Cross-listed courses are counted with every offering, both in sustainability-related and all course totals. However, multiple sections of the same course within the same academic year were not included.


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 No

The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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