Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 65.09
Liaison Joseph Kahn
Submission Date Oct. 15, 2020

STARS v2.2

Central Michigan University
EN-6: Assessing Sustainability Culture

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.50 / 1.00 Amanda Scherr
Research Analysist
Institutional Research
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Does the institution conduct an assessment of sustainability culture?:

Which of the following best describes the cultural assessment? The assessment is administered to::
A subset of the campus community or a sample that may not be representative of the entire community

Which of the following best describes the structure of the cultural assessment? The assessment is administered::
Longitudinally to measure change over time

A brief description of how and when the cultural assessment(s) were developed and/or adopted:

The Environmental Perceptions Post-Test (EP-PT) was originally developed in 2003 as part of a research project related to the Action Team Project assignment associated with the RPL 216: Introduction to Outdoor Recreation class. The Action Team Project requires students to identify and research current outdoor recreation and environmental issues that have an impact on the profession. Students form teams based on an issue of interest and then work together throughout the semester to ‘make a difference’ in that issue. The research project associated with the assignment has been completed, however, the Environmental Perceptions Post-Test tool was retained for Outcome Assessment purposes.

A copy or sample of the questions related to sustainability culture:
A sample of the questions related to sustainability culture or the website URL where the assessment tool is available:

See attached document.

A brief description of how representative samples were reached (if applicable) and how the cultural assessment is administered:

The EP-PT consists of thirteen questions about the perception of students toward their individual responsibility, knowledge, and the role of citizens related to environmental issues. Students are asked to respond to a series of statements using a five-point Likert Scale from strongly disagree to strongly agree. The posttest is administered anonymously at the end of the Fall and Spring semesters after the Action Team project is completed in the RPL 216 class. At the end of the Fall 2019 semester the EP-PT had been administered for 30 successive semesters and used as part of the Outcome Assessment process for 15 semesters.

A brief summary of results from the cultural assessment:

Over the last five academic years, average scores of the assessment have ranged from 3.89 to 4.65 with an n=208 students on a five point Likert Scale.

Website URL where information about the assessment of sustainability culture is available:

Additional documentation to support the submission:

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