Overall Rating Bronze
Overall Score 26.70
Liaison Raymond Bowdish
Submission Date Feb. 4, 2020
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

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

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 6.09 / 14.00 Heather Sullivan-Catlin
Professor, Environmental Studies
Environmental Studies
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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 3,443 179
Number of sustainability courses offered 146 2
Number of courses offered that include sustainability 74 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 :

We began with the Environmental Studies program major and minor requirements and evaluated them for the course criteria. We also reached out to departments and individual faculty to get info about potential courses. We then counted all course sections offered in the past three calendar years (2017-2019). We counted only lecture and seminar course-types and excluded labs and recitations since they are all attached to lecture courses and would have inflated the numbers dramatically (for example, one geology class might have three lab sections for students to choose from but they are all still in the main lecture section of the course). We also excluded all of the individualized course types listed below (internships, tutorials, theses, independent studies, practica, etc.) and all courses in our school of music (most of them are lessons and ensembles).

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 (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 No
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 discrepancy between the number of courses listed in the inventory and the totals listed above in Table 1 is due to the way the data are available. The inventory is simply a listing and description of the courses in the catalog that fit the criteria. The numbers in table one reflect all of the instances of each course being offered in a three year period. For example, ENVR 110: Introduction to Environmental Studies is typically offered 6-8 times in a year (3-4 sections per semester). So the numbers in Table 1 were gathered by asking the registrar's office for a total count of courses (lecture and seminar type only) offered over the 3-year period and then looking up specifically how many sections of each of the courses in the inventory were offered in that same time period.

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.