Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 81.45
Liaison Lindsey Lyons
Submission Date March 1, 2018
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STARS v2.1

Dickinson College
EN-6: Assessing Sustainability Culture

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Neil Leary
Center for Sustainability Education
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Does the institution conduct an assessment of sustainability culture (i.e. the assessment focuses on sustainability values, behaviors and beliefs, and may also address awareness of campus sustainability initiatives)?:

Which of the following best describes the cultural assessment? The assessment is administered to::
The entire campus community (students, staff and faculty), directly or by representative sample

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:

Dickinson administers a survey to faculty & staff to assess sustainability culture and a separate survey to students to assess sustainability culture and literacy. The student survey and the faculty & staff survey include many identical questions about sustainability practices, attitudes and beliefs. The survey instruments were developed by the Center for Sustainability Education (CSE). Input to the survey instruments was obtained from students, recent alumni, faculty with expertise in survey design, CSE steering committee members, the President's Commission on Environmental Sustainability and the Office of Institutional Research, as well as from a review of surveys used by other institutions and relevant literature. The surveys were administered for the first time in spring 2018 to representative samples of faculty, staff and students, and will be administered each spring to create longitudinal data.

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:

The employee survey is uploaded here; the student survey is uploaded below as "Additional documentation."

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

The Office of Institutional Research selected representative samples of students, faculty and staff. The surveys were administered by sending emails to students and employees with a link to the relevant Qualtrics survey in spring 2018. The surveys will be administered every spring to representative samples of the same cohorts to create a longitudinal database.

A brief summary of results from the cultural assessment, including a description of any measurable changes over time:

The surveys were first administered in spring 2018. Results of the survey have not yet been analyzed. Results will be published online when they are available.

The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:

Additional documentation to support the submission:

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