Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 46.44
Liaison Rachel Kornhauser
Submission Date March 2, 2018
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STARS v2.1

State University of New York at Oneonta
AC-1: Academic Courses

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 4.46 / 14.00 Rachel Kornhauser
Sustainability Coordinator
Finance and Administration
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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 2,255 99
Number of sustainability courses offered 30 2
Number of courses offered that include sustainability 18 1

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 :

A two-tiered designation system that would identify sustainability-focused courses as well as sustainability-related course sections was approved by the Curriculum Committee (December 2014). The basic guidelines are based on AASHE’s recommendations and STARS recognition. The sustainability-focused designation will be granted to courses in a manner that will not vary by section, while the sustainability-related designation will be granted to course sections so that it may vary by section.

Designation Definitions:
The task of defining sustainability is not a simple one, as the concept entails a range of meaning. The PACS committee working definition: “sustainability: meeting the economic, environmental, and social needs of present and future generations.”

● Sustainability-Focus
○ will be assigned by course
○ 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 (e.g., the course contributes toward achieving principles outline in the Earth Charter).”
● Sustainability-Related
○ will be assigned by section
○ 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.”

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 Yes
Thesis / dissertation No
Clinical No
Physical education No
Performance arts No

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.