Overall Rating Platinum
Overall Score 87.10
Liaison Alex Davis
Submission Date March 5, 2020

STARS v2.2

Arizona State University
AC-6: Sustainability Literacy Assessment

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 4.00 / 4.00 Alex Davis
Program Manager
University Sustainability Practices
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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::
Pre- and post-assessment to the same cohort or to representative samples in both a pre- and post-test

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:

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

The survey was developed by a small committee of experts at ASU in 2017. The committee reviewed other similar surveys from across the country and compiled the survey to best serve ASU's goals. It has been refined with the support of a Psychology Post-Doctoral student.

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

The survey was sent via email to all faculty and staff and approximately 50,000 of the student body. The student participants were randomly selected but weighted to ensure enough responses in each academic class for a representative sample. There were several email reminders over the course of the survey period and the response rate was 8% for students and 20% for faculty and staff. Although the response rate was less than targeted, there were over 4,000 responses, a representative sample was achieved - giving us confidence in our results at the 95% +/- 5% level. This is the third year conducting this survey and we analyze responses in several ways, including by academic class – which can shed some light on whether students gain literacy over time. For example, we have conducted this survey for three years and we can compare sophomore responses versus senior responses OR compare last year’s survey of juniors with this year’s seniors. Therefore, we are able to analyze a representative cohort over time.

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

33.9% scored 75% (6 or more right) and 57.5% scored at least 62.5% (5 or more right)

27.7% scored 75% (6 or more right) and 47.7% scored at least 62.5% (5 or more right)

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

Additional documentation to support the submission:

ASU's Sustainability Literacy Assessment was conducted as part of our Comprehensive Sustainability Survey tool, which has three roughly equal parts:
- Sustainability Literacy
- Sustainability Culture
- Transportation/Commuting

This assessment was conducted in 2017, 2018, 2019, and is scheduled for 2021. The survey is administered as a pre- and post-assessment to a representative sample of cohorts of students to identify changes in literacy over time.

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