Overall Rating Bronze
Overall Score 30.46
Liaison Caitlin Jillson
Submission Date Oct. 11, 2019
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

Southern New Hampshire University
AC-1: Academic Courses

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 5.36 / 14.00
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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 3690 0
Number of sustainability courses offered 42 0
Number of courses offered that include sustainability 95 0

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 :

Southern New Hampshire University courses from Fall 2016 –Present were reviewed to determine which could be classified as "sustainability courses" or "courses that include sustainability." The listing includes undergraduate and graduate courses taught by University College and the College for Online and Continuing Education, the online branch of SNHU. Information reviewed for each class includes the course department, number, title, description, and learning outcomes. The AASHE STARS Technical Manual was used as the standard to determine classification for each course. The classification methodology included first reviewing department and course titles and then conducting a keyword search on the course descriptions and learning outcomes. Keywords searched include “sustainability”, “environment”, “ecology”, “social”, “triple bottom line” and others. Courses were noted as “Sustainability Courses” or “Courses that include Sustainability” based on the amount that the course covered sustainability when compared to other topics. As this is the first STARS report for SNHU, several data collection improvements were noted and will be passed along to the registrar for consideration as the University adopts a new information system in the next year.

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 Yes
Practicums Yes
Independent study No
Special topics Yes
Thesis / dissertation Yes
Clinical No
Physical education No
Performance arts Yes

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

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.