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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 58.11
Liaison Melissa Tier
Submission Date April 19, 2017
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STARS v2.1

Swarthmore College
AC-1: Academic Courses

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 9.48 / 14.00 E. Carr Everbach
Professor of Engineering
Engineering
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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 2,348 0
Number of sustainability courses offered 79 0
Number of courses offered that include sustainability 181 0

Percentage of courses that are sustainability course offerings:
11.07

Total number of academic departments (or the equivalent) that offer courses (at any level):
33

Number of academic departments (or the equivalent) that offer at least one sustainability course and/or course that includes sustainability (at any level):
25

Percentage of academic departments with sustainability course offerings:
75.76

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 :

A survey was sent to all faculty and department chairs asking for nominations for courses that "include sustainability" or are "sustainability courses." From initial responses, each department's offerings over 3 years was reviewed and verified with the faculty member or department chair. Professors Betsy Bolton, Carr Everbach, and Giovanna DiChiro verified the completion of the final inventory.


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 Yes
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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There are only 33 academic departments from which courses were counted. Although Athletics is considered a department (explaining by 34 departments are counted in IC 3) by the Registrar’s Office, courses offered by Athletics were not considered in our count of courses that were sustainability focused or contained topics concerning sustainability.

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.