Overall Rating Bronze - expired
Overall Score 31.76
Liaison Jonathan Ehrlich
Submission Date Dec. 17, 2019

STARS v2.2

United World College-USA
AC-1: Academic Courses

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 6.90 / 14.00 Todd Austin
Special Assistant for Strategic Initiatives
President's Office
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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 24 0
Number of sustainability-focused courses offered 1 0
Number of sustainability-inclusive courses offered 2 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 :

UWC-USA uses the curriculum of the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Program. The course inventory includes all courses that were offered to students starting UWC-USA in 2019. Courses in the IB are divided into six groups, plus the Theory of Knowledge. These are considered analogous to Departments, making 7 Departments in all. Courses are divided into Higher Level (HL) and Standard Level (SL) with students generally taking three of each. According to the IB website: "Both SL and HL courses are meant to span the two years of the Diploma Program. SL courses are recommended to have at least 150 hours of instructional time, and HL courses are recommended to have at least 240 instructional hours. In most cases both SL and HL courses consist of the same educational aims, core syllabus and curriculum and assessment models. HL courses typically also include a range of additional elements designed to allow students to explore areas of interest within the subject in more depth." At UWC-USA, due to the small numbers of students in some courses, the HL and SL students are sometimes taught simultaneously, with the additional materials being taught to the HL students in supplementary class periods. For the sake of this analysis, HL and SL versions of the same subject are treated as variations of a single course. Identification of individual courses as "sustainabilty-focused" and "sustainability-informed" was based on discussions (in person or via email) with individual teachers after the AASHE credit guidelines were shared.

How were courses with multiple offerings or sections counted for the figures reported above?:
Not applicable; no courses with multiple offerings or sections were included

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

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

Additional documentation to support the submission:

Data source(s) and notes about the submission:

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