Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 78.07
Liaison Linsey Edmunds
Submission Date March 4, 2021

STARS v2.2

Keene State College
AC-1: Academic Courses

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 14.00 / 14.00 Julia Yates
Sustainability Associate
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 1,334 50
Number of sustainability-focused courses offered 81 2
Number of sustainability-inclusive courses offered 197 10

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 :

After receiving AASHE STARS Reviewer comments, the KSC Sustainability Course inventory was revised to ensure that only courses addressing the interdependence of ecological and social/economic systems, and/or a major sustainability challenge were included. The first step was to carefully review the UN Sustainable Development Goals and the Earth Charter to create a clear list of sustainability challenges. The KSC Office of Sustainability staff use these frameworks to define sustainability and identify priorities. Developing a matrix was a helpful step in ensuring key words in the course descriptions lined up and/or specific sustainable development goals or Earth Charter principles were addressed. Where it was still unclear whether courses should be included, course syllabi were reviewed. This led to a better inventory that more clearly addresses sustainability.
The initial approach for compiling the inventory was also very thorough. The KSC Sustainability Associate reviewed all course descriptions offered at Keene State College from the keene.edu website and the online course catalogs for 2017-2020. Courses were identified based on AASHE's definition of sustainability (STARS Technical Manual 2.2).This approach enabled completion of a draft inventory that was reviewed by members of the Office of Sustainability staff, the Director of Campus Sustainability, and the KSC Program Manager for Academic Affairs.

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:

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

The Director of Campus Sustainability carefully reviewed and confirmed the Course Inventory.

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