Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 52.54
Liaison Tom Hartzell
Submission Date Feb. 26, 2020

STARS v2.2

Calvin University
AC-6: Sustainability Literacy Assessment

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 4.00 Becky Haney
Associate Professor
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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::
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:

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, BIO 123 (Biology Core for Non-majors) in FY 18-19. The pre-test was administered at the start of the semester on 09.04.2018 and the same post-test was administered at the end of the semester on 12.09.2018.

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

BIO 123 is part of the non-biology majors' core curriculum, including students from all areas of study; the literacy assessment was administered as a pre- and post-test to assess sustainability learning over the course of the semester.

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

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.

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

Additional documentation to support the submission:

The Assessment of Sustainability Knowledge instrument was piloted in one class in FY 17-18. Though not a representative sample, the FY 18-19 results do represent a knowledge gain and suggest that the instrument could be a useful tool for campus-wide Literacy Assessment in the future.

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