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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 57.03
Liaison Heather Lynch
Submission Date Oct. 4, 2017
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STARS v2.1

Saint Michael's College
AC-1: Academic Courses

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 6.32 / 14.00 Heather Lynch
Director of Sustainability
Academic Affairs
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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 900 85
Number of sustainability courses offered 21 0
Number of courses offered that include sustainability 23 0

Percentage of courses that are sustainability course offerings:
4.47

Total number of academic departments (or the equivalent) that offer courses (at any level):
25

Number of academic departments (or the equivalent) that offer at least one sustainability course and/or course that includes sustainability (at any level):
17

Percentage of academic departments with sustainability course offerings:
68

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?:
Three

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 :

Students workers in the Office of Sustainability worked with staff in the Registrar's Office and the Dean's office to review the college's catalog and course schedule for courses with “sustainability” in the title or in the description. This was followed by further review of course description and outcomes. In addition, student workers were also able to review certain departmental curricula based on their own academic experience and course work.

The Office of Sustainability plans to work with Academic Affairs to stream-line future inventories of sustainability courses and courses that include sustainability in which Departmental Chairs are involved in keeping an inventory of courses that qualify for these two classifications.


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):
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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 Yes
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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Note that courses classified as First Year Experience Seminar were counted in the course count but that First Year Experience was not considered to be an "Academic Department" and thus is not included in that count.

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.