Overall Rating Bronze - expired
Overall Score 32.00
Liaison Kevin Moran
Submission Date May 22, 2019
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STARS v2.1

Drake University
EN-6: Assessing Sustainability Culture

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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::
A subset of the campus community or a sample that may not be representative of the entire community

Which of the following best describes the structure of the cultural assessment? The assessment is administered::
Without a follow-up assessment of the same cohort or representative samples of the same population

A brief description of how and when the cultural assessment(s) were developed and/or adopted:

The Sustainability and Resilience class designed and collected a survey that included questions for EN 6, EN 13, and OP 16 using the Qualtrics. The assessment was completed in person at various locations around campus during the Spring Semester. The methodology was similar to how Iowa State University conducted its survey. The target goal was 3.5% of the student population. With Drake having a combined undergraduate and graduate population of 4,991 (as of 2018), this translated to a target goal of 175 surveys in order to achieve a 3.5% response rate. To distribute our survey, rather than send out the link via email, we set up around campus and asked students to sign the consent form and fill out the questions, and worked to spread out around campus in order to avoid an unrepresentative sample. The survey contained a total of 18 questions, of which 2 asked for general information, 8 pertained to EN 6, and 3 were asked on behalf of EN 13. The last 5 were designed by the group responsible for collecting data on student & faculty transportation habits.

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:

1. What is your definition of sustainability?
2. Are you aware of sustainability efforts being made at Drake University? 
3. Do you feel like you have a better understanding of environmental issues since you have come to Drake?
4. How long is your average shower (number of minutes)?
5. On a scale of 1-5, how confident do you feel about your knowledge of composting?
6. Do you recycle at Drake?
7. Do you use reusable bags when you grocery shop?
8. On a scale of 1 to 10, how sustainable do you think Drake is?

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

Our survey results totaled 2.4% of the total undergraduate and graduate student population, falling short of our goal of 3.5% and not fulfilling the definition of a representative sample in terms of both sample size and demographics.

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

The results of the survey provided useful insight for assessing the knowledge and importance of sustainability and environmental concepts within the student body. This survey showed while many students engage in recycling and use reusable bags, there was a lack of understanding of sustainability and environmental issues since attending Drake. This survey served more as a starting point to help develop a better assessment in the future that is more representative of the entire student body.

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

Additional documentation to support the submission:

Data source(s) and notes about the submission:

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