Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 69.79
Liaison Megan Litke
Submission Date March 6, 2020

STARS v2.2

American University
AC-6: Sustainability Literacy Assessment

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 4.00 Courtney Stoner
Sustainability Analyst
Office of Sustainability
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Does the institution conduct an assessment of the sustainability literacy of its students?:

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

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

The Literacy Assessment was internally developed and deployed to a representative sample of students, faculty, and staff. The literacy assessment includes questions about a variety of sustainability topics. October 2018 was the first time the literacy assessment was sent out.

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

The Office of Institutional Research and Assessment (OIRA) provided a representative sample of the campus population of faculty, students, and staff. OIRA checks the samples against the population on all of the characteristics included to ensure they are exceedingly close in terms of representativeness.

The assessment was administered by the Office of Sustainability using Qualtrics. An email was sent to the representative sample, and a follow up reminder email was sent several days later to those who hadn't yet completed the survey.

A brief summary of results from the literacy assessment(s):

Students generally did well on the assessment, with more than half of the participants scoring 80-100%. The three topics with the least amount of correct answers were about the Paris Agreement, environmental justice, and plastic waste.

Website URL where information about the sustainability literacy assessment is available:

Additional documentation to support the submission:

Data source(s) and notes about the submission:

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