Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 52.95
Liaison Chad Carwein
Submission Date Jan. 16, 2020

STARS v2.2

East Carolina University
AC-6: Sustainability Literacy Assessment

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 4.00 / 4.00 Chad Carwein
University Sustainability Manager
HSC Facilities Services
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Does the institution conduct an assessment of the sustainability literacy of its students?:
Yes

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

We utilized questions from the Sulitest, including a selection from the "Core International" module as well as a selection from the "USA RNEC" module. We also included an open-ended question about recommendations for making the ECU campus more sustainable and a multiple choice question to gauge interest in a potential Minor in Environmental Studies or Sustainability Studies. Lastly, we also collected the following demographic information: Age, Gender, Ethnic/racial background, Academic level, International student status, College enrolled. This Sustainability Literacy Assessment was first distributed in April 2019 and we have been given approval to distribute it every three years.


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

The Sustainability Literacy Assessment was distributed to a random sample of 1,250 freshman and 1,250 seniors, which represents 10% of the undergraduate student population. It was approved by our Survey Review and Oversight Committee and distributed online via Qualtrics email.


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

The response rate was less than 5% of the total students who received the survey in our random sample. It was clear that the students were not familiar with most of the sustainability concepts covered in the assessment. The University Environment Committee, which includes faculty from various departments, plans to review the questions and results in order to improve the assessment and help increase the response rate.


Website URL where information about the sustainability literacy assessment is available:
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Additional documentation to support the submission:
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Chad Carwein, University Sustainability Manager

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