Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 68.64
Liaison Kimberly Post
Submission Date Feb. 22, 2022

STARS v2.2

Saint Joseph's College - ME
IN-38: Sustainability Course Designation

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.50 / 0.50 Kimberly Post
Community-Based Learning Director
Community-Based Learning
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A brief description of the formal sustainability course designation program:
Saint Joseph’s College uses a two-tiered designation system to identify sustainability-focused (SF)courses and sustainability-related (SR) courses. The guidelines are based on *AASHE’s recommendations and **STARS recognition. Courses are designated (tagged) in the course catalog and can be easily identified both in the course listing and course descriptions. The On-Campus undergraduate course catalog has a filter by which one can search for SF- and SR-courses (https://catalog.sjcme.edu/content.php?filter%5B27%5D=-1&filter%5B29%5D=&filter%5Bcourse_type%5D=-1&filter%5Bkeyword%5D=SF+SR&filter%5B32%5D=1&filter%5Bcpage%5D=1&cur_cat_oid=39&expand=&navoid=1519&search_database=Filter#acalog_template_course_filter)

The Online graduate course catalog has a search function (similar to a filter) by which one can quickly identify SF- and SR- course offerings
(https://catalog.sjcme.edu/search_advanced.php?cur_cat_oid=38&search_database=Search&search_db=Search&cpage=1&ecpage=1&ppage=1&spage=1&tpage=1&location=33&filter%5Bkeyword%5D=SF+SR)

Sustainability-Focused (SF)

AASHE guideline: “…a course in which the primary and explicit focus is on sustainability and/or on understanding or solving one or more major sustainability challenge.”
Sustainability-Related (SR)
AASHE guideline: “…a course that includes sustainability that is primarily focused on a topic other than sustainability, but incorporates a unit or module on sustainability or a sustainability challenge, includes one or more sustainability- focused activities, or integrates sustainability issues throughout the course.”


* The Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education
** Sustainability Tracking and Recognition System

Faculty are given the College's definition of sustainability and self-report which designation, if any, their courses carry. The catalog is updated for accuracy.

A copy of the official course catalog where the sustainability course designations appear:
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Website URL for the official course catalog where the sustainability course designations appear:
Does the institution designate sustainability courses on student transcripts?:
No

Additional documentation to support the submission:
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Data source(s) and notes about the submission:
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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 or simply email your inquiry to stars@aashe.org.