AC 5: Immersive Experience – version 2.2
Frequently Asked Questions
How has this credit changed between STARS 2.1 and 2.2?
Minor changes were made to the criteria to align with definitions found in the Academic Courses credit.. A comprehensive list of differences can be found in the 2.2 Summary of changes.
Do the programs claimed in this credit have to address all three dimensions of sustainability?
To count, a program must have a primary and explicit focus on the concept of sustainability, the interdependence of ecological and social/economic systems, and/or a major sustainability challenge.
Does a program have to be a certain length to count for this credit?
Yes, to qualify, an immersive program must be one week or more in duration. Sustainability-focused immersive programs that are shorter in duration may be claimed under the Campus as a Living Laboratory credit if criteria for that credit are met.
- Ball State University – The response includes an immersive learning website and a detailed immersive learning inventory. Good reporting examples for large institutions or institutions where immersive learning is well-documented.
- Cornell University – Detailed descriptions of immersive courses offered by the institution.
- Pratt Institute – Descriptive response is detailed and an uploaded inventory of immersive experiences is included.
- University of California, Berkeley – Response provides good detail on a single immersive program, the Global Environment Theme House.
- Whitman College – Several immersive experiences listed. Good reporting example for smaller institutions.
Common Issues Identified During Review
- To count, a program must have a primary and explicit focus on the concept of sustainability, the interdependence of ecological and social/economic systems, and/or a major sustainability challenge.
- Immersive programs must be one week or longer in duration.