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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 Jennifer Kleindienst
Submission Date Dec. 1, 2016
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STARS v2.1

Wesleyan University
AC-1: Academic Courses

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 5.58 / 14.00 Jennifer Kleindienst
Sustainability Coordinator
Finance and Administration
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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 3,720 146
Number of sustainability courses offered 50 1
Number of courses offered that include sustainability 72 10

Percentage of courses that are sustainability course offerings:

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

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

Percentage of academic departments with sustainability course offerings:

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?:

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 :

Keyword searches were done using Wesleyan's course-selection software, WesMaps. See keywords tab in inventory for keywords used. Uncertain courses were compared to Wesleyan's draft definition of sustainability (not yet formally approved) and were confirmed with individual faculty members whenever possible.

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):

For undergraduate and graduate courses, each course was counted as a single course regardless of number of sections or offerings; all are listed as undergrad courses.
For Graduate Liberal Studies (GLS) courses, each offering was counted as a single course (relied on departmental reporting to determine which courses did/didn't qualify); all are listed as graduate courses. Courses that were cross-listed between different departments were only counted once per semester taught.

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 Yes
Clinical No
Physical education No
Performance arts Yes

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

Additional documentation to support the submission:

Note that the AC-1 Inventory includes only 90 courses; courses taught multiple semesters are counted multiple times (for each semester taught), but cross-listed courses are counted only once per semester.

FY 14:
UG/Grad 1193 courses
GLS 46 courses, 8 ICPP (1 of these sustainability, 4 sustainability-related)

FY 15:
UG/Grad 1258 courses
GLS 41 courses (3 of these sustainability-related)

FY 16:
UG/Grad 1269 courses
GLS 36 courses, 8 ICPP MA, 7 ICPP Cert (3 of these sustainability-related)

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.