Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 63.01
Liaison Holli Fajack
Submission Date May 9, 2024

STARS v2.2

California State University, Long Beach
AC-6: Sustainability Literacy Assessment

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 4.00 Holli Fajack
Sustainability Manager
Office of Sustainability, Beach Building Services
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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::
A subset of students or a sample that may not be representative of the predominant student body

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:
Development of the assessment entailed first reviewing assessment tools from other campuses (submitted for this credit on the STARS reporting platform) to identify best practices. Select questions were pulled from various assessment tools and compiled to create CSULB's draft literacy assessment. This draft was circulated to the Curriculum Committee of the President's Commission on Sustainability for review and comments. The assessment questions were then finalized and a digital survey was created on Qualtrics and a link was shared with faculty with a request to distribute it to their students. The assessment was distributed at the start of the fall 2023 semester.

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

A brief summary of results from the literacy assessment(s):
A total of 381 students from 12 courses completed the assessment. Below is a snapshot of the results:
• 31% correctly identified the three dimensions of sustainability
• 72% correctly identified the UN's definition of "Sustainable Development"
• 73% correctly identified increased greenhouse gases in the atmosphere as the cause of global warming
• 86% correctly identified the difference between weather and climate
• 56% corrected selected the true statement about the relationship between environmental and socio-economic issues
• 23% recognized that the principles of zero waste go beyond prioritizing recycling

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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