Overall Rating Bronze
Overall Score 28.79
Liaison William Ghrist
Submission Date May 23, 2018
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STARS v2.1

Washtenaw Community College
OP-16: Student Commute Modal Split

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.38 / 2.00 Julie Catanzarite
Manager, New Student Programming
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Total percentage of students (graduate and undergraduate) that use more sustainable commuting options as their primary means of transportation:

A brief description of the method(s) used to gather data about student commuting, including the timeframe for when the analysis was conducted and how a representative sample was reached, if applicable:

The WCC Staff and Student Commuter Survey was conducted in April 2015 by the Institutional Research Department on behalf of the Sustainability Committee. A random stratified sample of 1500 currently enrolled students was surveyed. Over 300 students completed the survey (21% response rate).

The percentage of students that use each of the following modes as their primary means of transportation to get to and from campus::
Percentage (0-100)
Commute with only the driver in the vehicle (excluding motorcycles and scooters) 81
Walk, bicycle, or use other non-motorized means 0.30
Vanpool or carpool 12
Take a campus shuttle or public transportation 6.30
Use a motorcycle, scooter or moped 0

The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:

Additional documentation to support the submission:

12% van or car pool figure includes 7% "Drive or ride with someone and vehicle is parked at WCC" + 5% "Dropped off at WCC". The survey didn't tell us what the driver did after dropping off the student.

The survey did not ask about on-line classes, but for Fall 2017, 18% of credit hours are for on-line classes and in general the on-line classes seem to be replacing face to face classes rather than adding to the overall enrollment. This should have the effect of significantly lowering the student commute carbon footprint.

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