Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 73.23
Liaison Heather Albert-Knopp
Submission Date Feb. 28, 2022

STARS v2.2

College of the Atlantic
AC-6: Sustainability Literacy Assessment

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 4.00 / 4.00 Andrea Russell
Sustainability Coordinator and Community Energy Center Program Manager
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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::
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 full survey has been uploaded as a pdf.

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

The assessment was established by the student-led Campus Committee for Sustainability together with the Director of Energy Education and Management as part of an awareness-raising campaign about energy use in campus residences, and included pre- and post-campaign surveys. The survey was modified, refined and improved each year by Summer Energy Fellows, students working in COA's Community Energy Center, in collaboration with staff working in Student Life. The survey has been upgraded and strengthened, and now is administered to every incoming class during first-year orientation (which includes all transfer students as well as freshmen). The survey is also administered to every graduating class, for the purpose of assessing sustainability literacy both before and after students receive their COA education.

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

This survey is administered during orientation to all incoming students and to all graduating students during their final term of senior year, thereby reaching 100% of the student body twice (both pre- and post- COA education). The current assessment is administered on paper by the college's Student Life staff. Results are collected, entered, scored, and shared by students and staff in COA's Community Energy Center. In addition to expanding the sample group to target 100% of the student body over a 4-year cycle, the student response rate has climbed to nearly 100% with the hard-copy surveys.

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

Sustainability literacy tends to be high, for both incoming and exiting students. This likely reflects the fact that students who choose to come to COA tend to be highly environmentally engaged and aware. Responsibility for analyzing sustainability surveys falls to the Director of Energy. That position has been vacant for several years and was just re-filled in August of 2021, so a more detailed survey analysis has not been carried out recently.

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

Additional documentation to support the submission:

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