Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 69.73
Liaison Lindsey Lyons
Submission Date June 13, 2011
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STARS v1.0

Dickinson College
ER-13: Sustainability Literacy Assessment

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Neil Leary
Center for Sustainability Education
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Has the institution conducted a sustainability literacy assessment?:

Did the assessment include a baseline evaluation of students and then a follow-up evaluation of the same cohort?:

A copy of the questions included in the sustainability literacy assessment:
A copy of the questions included in the sustainability literacy assessment :
Please see attached document.

A brief description of how the assessment was developed:
A survey of student engagement is administered each fall to all incoming first year students and each spring the same survey is administered to a representative sample of all students. Beginning in fall 2009, 8 questions related to engagement with sustainability were added to the survey. The questions and results for fall 2009 and spring 2010 are given in Table 1 in the attached document.

A brief description of how the assessment was administered:
The survey does not assess sustainability literacy of our students, but it does assess their engagement in activities such as using the campus as a subject of study to learn about sustainability, working with a community organization as part of a class to see and apply sustainability concepts in a real world setting, and giving time to a community group to improve environmental quality, social justice and/or economic vitality. These activities can be expected to build literacy about sustainability. The departmental learning assessment of Environmental Studies and Sciences includes assessment of its majors understanding of sustainability. In addition, faculty who teach many of our sustainability focused and related courses assess sustainability learning outcomes for students who take these courses. However, Dickinson does not conduct an assessment of sustainability literacy of all students or of a broadly representative sample of students.

A brief summary of results from the assessment:
Please see attached document.

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

Data source(s) and notes about the submission:

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