Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 45.97
Liaison Tom Hartzell
Submission Date Feb. 28, 2019
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STARS v2.1

Calvin University
AC-6: Sustainability Literacy Assessment

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 4.00 Becky Haney
Associate Professor
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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)?:

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

The Assessment of Sustainability Knowledge from Environmental and Social Sustainability Lab at Ohio State University.


The questions are available from ESS.

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

This assessment tool was adopted in an an undergraduate class, Econ 232 Economics of Sustainability in AY 2017-2018.

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

All Environmental Studies majors are required to take Econ 232. The assessment is administered was administered as a Post-test in the course as part of the Final Exam.

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

The students scored a median of 93%. These results serve as the baseline. In the next offering of Econ 232, the assessment will be a pre- and post-test. The ultimate goal is to use the ASK in a required first-year class (DCM) then include ASK as part of the senior exit survey that is sent to all graduating seniors. - BRH 2.28.2019

The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:

Additional documentation to support the submission:

The Assessment of Sustainability Knowledge instrument was piloted in one class. It was administered as part of the final exam in a course require for Environmental Studies students. Thus, this is not a representative sample, nor is it a measure of knowledge gain. But, the results suggest that the instrument could be a useful tool for campus-wide Literacy Assessment in the future.

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