Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 72.63
Liaison Karen Oberer
Submission Date Aug. 22, 2016
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

McGill University
AC-1: Academic Courses

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 13.56 / 14.00 Lesley Johnson
Sustainability Monitoring & Reporting Intern
McGill 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 1,203 633
Number of sustainability courses offered 115 52
Number of courses offered that include sustainability 224 122

Percentage of courses that are sustainability course offerings:

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

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

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 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 :

Planning and Institutional Analysis ran a list of sustainability keywords against the university course database. The Fall 2014 term was used as a representative sample for analysis, in collaboration with the Office of Sustainability.

Courses that contained less than 5 students were removed from the list as well as certain faculties that are specialized. Faculties removed include:
- Continuing Education (non-credit courses)
- Post graduate medicine

Courses that were selected are:
- Lectures (with > 5 students enrolled)
- Seminars
- Field courses (2 types)

A set of keywords were used as a basis to identify sustainability courses. If the title or course description contained two of the keywords it was deemed to be a SUSTAINABILITY COURSE. If the title contained at least one of the keywords, it was then reclassified as a course THAT INCLUDES SUSTAINABILITY.

This is a work in progress as new keywords are being added to stay updated with the keywords of peer universities. For example, based on research of our peers who have scored Gold in AASHE STARS v.1.0 (2011), language keywords were included in the list, as this could facilitate intercultural research and knowledge. As with any course-based list, duplicates are very common due to different sections being offered. In order to combat this, once all the courses are identified an algorithm is applied to remove any duplicates to insure a more accurate count. Results were also manually spot checked to determine relevance to sustainability.

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 (if different from the options outlined above):

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 Yes
Performance arts Yes

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

The number of departments in this credit reflects the methodology used for this credit (removal of Continuing Studies, enrollment <5. etc.), explaining the discrepancy with the total number of departments reported in the institutional boundary (which includes all departments).

The information presented here is self-reported. While AASHE staff review portions of all STARS reports and institutions are welcome to seek additional forms of review, the data in STARS reports are not verified by AASHE. If you believe any of this information is erroneous or inconsistent with credit criteria, please review the process for inquiring about the information reported by an institution and complete the Data Inquiry Form.