Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 65.79
Liaison Katharine Gross
Submission Date Feb. 26, 2021

STARS v2.2

Lehigh University
AC-1: Academic Courses

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 6.11 / 14.00 Katharine Targett Gross
Sustainability Officer
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 1,394 525
Number of sustainability-focused courses offered 47 9
Number of sustainability-inclusive courses offered 34 7

Percentage of courses that are sustainability course offerings:
5.05

Total number of academic departments that offer courses:
31

Number of academic departments with sustainability course offerings:
19

Percentage of academic departments with sustainability course offerings:
61.29

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 :

A set of keywords was defined to be descriptors of sustainability. These keywords were used to filter the academic course catalog for the year 2018-2019. Each course description that had 6 or more matching words was then examined further to determine if it was sustainability-related or included sustainability-focused.

Sustainability-focused courses are courses in which the primary and explicit focus is on sustainability and/or understanding and solving one or more sustainability challenges.

Sustainability-related courses are courses focused on a topic other than sustainability, but incorporate a unit or module on sustainability or a sustainability challenge, including one or more sustainability-focused activities, or integrate sustainability issues throughout the courses.

The rest of the courses not caught with this keyword coding were reviewed to see if they were sustainability-related or included sustainability-focused. Professors of ambiguous courses were emailed to receive the syllabus to make an informed decision. All included courses had to address more than one pillar of sustainability (social, environmental, economic). The inventory was reviewed by the Lehigh Sustainability Council Education Subcommittee.


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:
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Website URL where information about the sustainability course offerings is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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Note that the number of departments in this section (31) differs from AC-9 (34) and PRE-5 (32) due to some courses belonging to "interdepartmental programs", rather than a specific department. These courses are listed under department titles such as "Interdepartmental Arts" or "Interdepartmental Engineering".

This course inventory was conducted for the 2018-2019 academic year, within the three year requirement for this credit submission. Because the inventory was conducted in a previous year, it was not impacted by COVID-19 and is therefore representative of a normal year.

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