Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 51.07
Liaison Adam Maurer
Submission Date March 31, 2021

STARS v2.2

South Seattle College
AC-1: Academic Courses

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 7.71 / 14.00 Adam Maurer
District Sustainability Coordinator
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 1,090 0
Number of sustainability-focused courses offered 21 0
Number of sustainability-inclusive courses offered 120 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 :

The first sustainability course list for South Seattle was established circa 2014 for STARS and updated for STARS in 2017. This submission built upon this previous work. In 2017, the District Sustainability Coordinator worked with division deans to identify sustainability related and focused courses as identified in the STARS technical manual. Division deans worked with individual staff to determine whether a course was related, focused, or neither. For this submission, the District Sustainability Coordinator scanned through all courses added since 2017. Potential sustainability inclusive courses were identified based upon course title and description. These courses were added to the previous 2014/2017 list. This new list was sent to Department Deans to verify previous courses which still include sustainability and to verify any new courses that have been added do indeed include sustainability (Earth Charter and UN SDG goals were included to help Deans and faculty identify sustainability-inclusive courses). In some cases, the District Sustainability Coordinator reached out directly to faculty who teach courses in question. Course descriptions and scoring was finalized based upon feedback from Deans and faculty.

How were courses with multiple offerings or sections counted for the figures reported above?:
Each offering or section of a course was counted as an individual course

A brief description of how courses with multiple offerings or sections were counted:

Each offering or section of a course was counted as an individual course.

South Seattle College offers "clustered classes," which can be best expressed as one class, taught by the same instructor(s) simultaneously that incorporates concepts from several different courses offered at the college. Many of the clustered courses are multiple levels of a course in one "classroom," like Art 101, 102, and 103 as a cluster (this is 3 levels of design being taught at the same time by the same instructor). These clustered courses were included in the course inventory. Each cluster was considered one course. If any of the clustered courses were sustainability-inclusive, that cluster was included as a sustainability inclusive course.

Website URL where information about the sustainability course offerings is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:

Each offering or section of a course was counted as an individual course. The tab "SustCourses" is a list of sustainability courses that the institution offers, but it does not include how many times the course was taught during the review period. The individual quarters show which courses were offered and totals for each. The synopsis tab adds up all quarters.

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.