Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 52.36
Liaison Delicia Nahman
Submission Date March 3, 2020

STARS v2.2

Lafayette College
AC-1: Academic Courses

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 5.83 / 14.00 Kira Lawrence
Associate Professor of Geology
Geology and Environmental Geosciences
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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 668 0
Number of sustainability-focused courses offered 11 0
Number of sustainability-inclusive courses offered 41 0

Percentage of courses that are sustainability course offerings:
7.78

Total number of academic departments that offer courses:
49

Number of academic departments with sustainability course offerings:
20

Percentage of academic departments with sustainability course offerings:
40.82

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 complete the course inventory :

Using the course catalogs from Fall 2018 and Spring 2019 we eliminated all thesis, independent study, and internship courses from our total course count. We also deleted repeated courses because we wanted to calculate the opportunities that students had to take sustainability related courses compared to the overall course offerings and that value is calculated by counting each course in a department once.
Once we had the edited overall course list, we used a sustainability key word list to sort out courses that would definitely not be sustainable by removing courses with zero key words in the description from our potential sustainability courses. From there, we looked at every course individually and based off of the course titles and descriptions we were able to categorize a majority of the courses as sustainability focused, sustainability inclusive or no mention of sustainability. There were some courses from the course description and title alone were difficult to place in a category, so we looked at the syllabi to make a final decision. After looking at the syllabi, we ended up and end up with the finalized sustainability focused and sustainability inclusive courses as well as the total number of courses from this period.


How were courses with multiple offerings or sections counted for the figures reported above?:
Other (please describe below)

A brief description of how courses with multiple offerings or sections were counted:

Each course was counted once within a department no matter how many times it was offered in that department throughout the year. If the course was cross listed though, it was counted for every department it was in.


Website URL where information about the sustainability course offerings is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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Classes from the Fall 2018 and Spring 2019 were added together to obtain these results.

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