Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 56.16
Liaison Matthew Liesch
Submission Date May 13, 2024

STARS v2.2

Central Michigan University
AC-6: Sustainability Literacy Assessment

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 4.00 Eric Urbaniak
Student Reviewer
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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::
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:

The survey below was administered to all students who lived on campus in the fall of 2022, which was to 4,075 students total. https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScazOEXrOdkuPTknzzK_LR6E8thcD7UwxTmExGO7gvEjYkGBA/viewform

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

The survey was developed as a means of evaluating the student body’s understanding of sustainability at CMU. The survey contains questions about demographics, knowledge about sustainability, sustainability skills, potential Central Sustainability projects, and recommendation sections. It has been administered for 3 years now, and it is re-administered every fall with minimal changes. The survey provides a way to benchmark Central Sustainability's impact on campus and what direction Central Sustainability should move in.

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

The sustainability survey was sent to all the students who live on campus through an email. Because the survey focuses mainly on sustainability efforts on campus, it is important that students who live on campus can see and understand the progress CMU is making towards sustainability. The students who answer the survey are representative of all the on-campus students and all the on-campus efforts.

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

Out of the 4,075 students living on CMU's campus in the fall of 2022, 288 responded to the survey. Of the 288 students, 99 percent were students while the remaining one percent was staff. In addition, 91 percent of the respondents replied “Yes" when they were asked whether they were familiar with the term “sustainability.” 45.1 percent of the survey’s respondents also replied that they have heard of Central Sustainability prior to taking the survey. Clean water and pollution were the most popular sustainability issues among participants.

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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