Overall Rating Platinum - expired
Overall Score 85.29
Liaison Tonie Miyamoto
Submission Date March 23, 2015
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Colorado State University
AC-6: Sustainability Literacy Assessment

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 4.00 / 4.00 Tonie Miyamoto
Director of Communications and Sustainability
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The percentage of students assessed for sustainability literacy (directly or by representative sample) and for whom a follow-up assessment is conducted:

The percentage of students assessed for sustainability literacy (directly or by representative sample) without a follow-up assessment:

A copy of the questions included in the sustainability literacy assessment(s):
The questions included in the sustainability literacy assessment(s) :

See full list of survey attached.

A brief description of how the assessment(s) were developed:

The Assessment was a joint collaboration between the President's Sustainability Committee and a PhD candidate from the School of Education, College of Health and Human Sciences. It included feedback from the larger CSU community associated with the President's Sustainability Committee, including a review by faculty, staff, and student representatives.

A brief description of how the assessment(s) were administered:

The survey is administered annually by the President's Sustainability Committee to a representative sample of 500 graduates and 2,500 undergraduates which accounts for 10% of our student population. The survey has a 100% assessment rating via a representative sample based on a 95% confidence level (see public notes for additional detail). By surveying a representative sample of students across both undergraduate and graduate populations, including students entering CSU and students nearing graduation, we are able to assess to what extent sustainability literacy is effectively integrated and learned at CSU. Campus Labs is used to distribute the survey and collect responses for in-depth assessment, review, and analysis (we have the ability to slice data by year in school, major, gender, race/ethnicity, etc.).

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

Results of the study are evaluated by the President's Sustainability Committee on an annual basis and are used to contextualize the ongoing efforts of the University to produce environmentally-literate students and graduates. ASCSU, the campus student government, also reviews the survey annually. Some highlights from the 2014 survey: 81.82% of our students defined sustainability correctly, 89.26% of our students identified green house gases correctly, and 66.74% of our students defined life cycle assessments correctly.

The website URL where information about the literacy assessment(s) is available:

With a total of 30,304 degree-seeking students, the number of student responses from the survey needed to be at least 380 in order to have a 95% confidence in the answers being representative for total population. We received 484 responses, therefore, the survey results are representative of the university based on the 95% confidence level (127% of the required represented sample size). The survey was sent out to 10% of the total student population and the results show that there was a good sampling across demographics.

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