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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 53.23
Liaison Ryan Kmetz
Submission Date Dec. 14, 2017
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STARS v2.1

St. Lawrence University
AC-1: Academic Courses

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 11.12 / 14.00
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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 801 54
Number of sustainability courses offered 27 0
Number of courses offered that include sustainability 92 0

Percentage of courses that are sustainability course offerings:
13.92

Total number of academic departments (or the equivalent) that offer courses (at any level):
24

Number of academic departments (or the equivalent) that offer at least one sustainability course and/or course that includes sustainability (at any level):
20

Percentage of academic departments with sustainability course offerings:
83.33

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 :

The sustainability professional, or his/her designee, reviews the current University undergraduate and graduate course catalogues and uses the keywords/phrases in Table 1 to identity courses with content related to sustainability. The courses titles, numbers and brief descriptions are placed into a excel file.

A sustainability course is a course in which the primary and explicit focus is on sustainability and/or on understanding or solving one or more major sustainability challenge (e.g. the course contributes toward achieving principles outlined in the Earth Charter).
A course that includes sustainability is primarily focused on a topic other than sustainability, but incorporates a unit or module on sustainability or a sustainability challenge, includes one or more sustainability-focused activities, or integrates sustainability issues throughout the course.


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 Yes
Special topics Yes
Thesis / dissertation No
Clinical No
Physical education Yes
Performance arts Yes

The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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Per the Assoc. Registrar there were 801 unduplicated undergraduate courses for 2016FA and 2017SP combined. There were 54 grad level courses.

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.