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The Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System™ (STARS) is a transparent, self-reporting framework for colleges and universities to measure their sustainability performance.

Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 59.95
Liaison Tim Albertson
Submission Date Dec. 14, 2017
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STARS v2.1

North Seattle College
AC-1: Academic Courses

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 5.42 / 14.00 Tim Albertson
Sustainability Coordinator
Student Development Services
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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 2,047 0
Number of sustainability courses offered 16 0
Number of courses offered that include sustainability 114 0

Percentage of courses that are sustainability course offerings:
6.35

Total number of academic departments (or the equivalent) that offer courses (at any level):
51

Number of academic departments (or the equivalent) that offer at least one sustainability course and/or course that includes sustainability (at any level):
22

Percentage of academic departments with sustainability course offerings:
43.14

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?:
One

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 :

All courses that had over 4 students enrolled were compiled from the time period of Summer 2016-Spring 2017. Courses removed include practicum, individual instruction, capstone, physical education, independent research, special projects/topics, job shadow, extern/internship and performance arts. Syllabi and master course outlines (MCOs) were then cross-referenced against the AASHE STARS sustainability definition listed below. "Sustainability Focused" courses have a clear sustainability focus. "Sustainability-related" courses must have descriptions that directly correlate to the AASHE STARS definition of sustainability. In some cases, instructor syllabi were obtained to verify the depth to which sustainability is integrated.

Sustainability related course rubric was created that aligns with the AASHE sustainability definition. AASHE defines sustainability in a pluralistic and inclusive way, encompassing human and ecological health, social justice, secure livelihoods, and a better world for all generations. STARS attempts to translate this broad and inclusive view of sustainability to measurable objectives at the campus level. Thus, it includes credits related to an institution’s environmental, social, and economic performance.


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):
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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:
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Additional documentation to support the submission:
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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.