Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 57.78
Liaison Rose Armour
Submission Date May 6, 2021
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STARS v2.1

American University of Sharjah
AC-6: Sustainability Literacy Assessment

Status Score Responsible Party
2.00 / 4.00 Rose Armour
Head of Sustainability
AUS Sustainability
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Does the institution conduct an assessment of the sustainability literacy of its students (i.e. an assessment focused on student knowledge of sustainability topics and challenges)?:
Yes

Which of the following best describes the literacy assessment? The assessment is administered to::
The entire (or predominate) student body, directly or by representative sample

Which of the following best describes the structure of the assessment? The assessment is administered as a::
Standalone evaluation without a follow-up assessment of the same cohort or representative samples

A copy of the questions included in the sustainability literacy assessment(s):
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A sample of the questions included in the sustainability literacy assessment or the website URL where the assessment tool may be found:

Each of the following questions is multiple choice.

Which one of the following dimensions is NOT included in the most widely used concept of sustainability?

Which of the following is the most commonly used definition of sustainable development?

Which of the following statements about the relationship between environmental issues and socioeconomic issues is true?

Which of the following statements about greenhouse gases is TRUE?

Many economists argue that electricity prices in many countries are too low because:

In some markets, Styrofoam cannot be placed into the common recycling bins because:


A brief description of how the literacy assessment was developed and/or when it was adopted:

The questions were drawn from other university sustainability literacy questions, found on the AASHE community. There were similar questions used by numerous universities, creating a standard and potential for future research.


A brief description of how a representative sample was reached (if applicable) and how the assessment(s) were administered :

The assessment is open to all @aus.edu email addresses, so all students, staff and faculty. A series of emails and reminders are sent to all @aus.edu emails.


A brief summary of results from the literacy assessment(s), including a description of any measurable changes over time:

We are finding that the literacy questions about what is sustainability, definitions, and the pillars of sustainability are well understood with 70+% of the AUS Community answered the questions correctly.

Where we are seeing less knowledge is in the application of the concepts (see questions below). That the community is not quite as knowledgeable with 40 - 50% of the respondents answering correctly.

Which of the following statements about the relationship between environmental issues and socioeconomic issues is true?

Which of the following statements about greenhouse gases is TRUE?

Many economists argue that electricity prices in many countries are too low because:

In some markets, Styrofoam cannot be placed into the common recycling bins because:


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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