Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 72.75
Liaison Katharine Gross
Submission Date Feb. 16, 2022

STARS v2.2

Lehigh University
AC-1: Academic Courses

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 10.34 / 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 1,614 652
Number of sustainability-focused courses offered 57 11
Number of sustainability-inclusive courses offered 149 29

Percentage of courses that are sustainability course offerings:
10.86

Total number of academic departments that offer courses:
31

Number of academic departments with sustainability course offerings:
28

Percentage of academic departments with sustainability course offerings:
90.32

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 :

The course inventory was sent to department chairs to be filled out directly by faculty. Along with this inventory, a description of the process and the definitions of sustainability-focused and sustainability-inclusive were explained.

After a set amount of time, all courses were reviewed as they had been in previous inventories to supplement the information provided by faculty.

The following is the methodology used to complete the inventory as in the past:
A set of keywords was defined to be descriptors of sustainability. These keywords were used to filter the academic courses. 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.
Any course that participated in a sustainability curriculum integration workshop was counted as sustainability-inclusive.

Cross-listed courses were counted as only one course and not multiple.


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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This credit was not impacted by COVID-19. As such, it is representative of a normal year.

Note that the number of departments in this section (31) differs from AC-9 (39) 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 2020-2021 academic year, within the three year requirement for this credit submission.

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