Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 55.74
Liaison Kristyn Achilich
Submission Date May 11, 2021

STARS v2.2

Saint Michael's College
AC-1: Academic Courses

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 8.39 / 14.00 Karen Talentino
Professor of Biology
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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 1,617 239
Number of sustainability-focused courses offered 80 0
Number of sustainability-inclusive courses offered 74 0

Percentage of courses that are sustainability course offerings:

Total number of academic departments that offer courses:

Number of academic departments with sustainability course offerings:

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 complete the course inventory :

EcoReps and faculty worked with staff in the Registrar's Office and the Dean's Office to collect this information, after requests were sent to department chairs and faculty. We confirmed course descriptions, enrollments and learning outcomes by reviewing the college's catalog and course schedule. In addition, EcoReps and other students were able to review certain departmental curricula based on their own academic experience and course work.
Because we are a relatively small institution, some of our academic departments are combinations of two or three academic disciplines. Therefore, in determining the "number of academic departments", we used the number of academic disciplines which are responsible for developing their own courses (have distinct rubrics). For example, Sociology/Anthropology is one department, but we have two separate curricula, one for each discipline.

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:

Within a given semester, each course was counted as a single course, regardless of the number of sections. Most courses are offered once per year, some on an alternate year basis, but a few are offered both semesters, and we wanted the numbers to reflect the number of opportunities a student would have to register for a particular course. We used this same method for all courses offered.

Website URL where information about the sustainability course offerings is available:

Additional documentation to support the submission:

We included regular semester courses as well as our online summer and semester break courses. We followed the STARS recommendations in terms of not counting small courses, independent study courses, and professional skills courses. We utilized three years of course offerings because many of our electives are offered on an alternate year basis.

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