Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 65.28
Liaison Ciara Tennis
Submission Date Nov. 3, 2022

STARS v2.2

Eastern Connecticut State University
AC-6: Sustainability Literacy Assessment

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 4.00
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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::
Standalone evaluation without a follow-up assessment of the same cohort or representative samples

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:

The literacy assessment was drafted by Ciara Tennis, University Assistant for Climate and Sustainability Initiatives, based on the Assessment of Sustainability Knowledge (ASK) Scale developed by the ESS Lab at the Ohio State University, with permission granted to use and modify the questions from their assessment. The survey was first administered in fall 2022, and will be modified and administered every fall semester to track sustainability literacy over time and to guide initiatives on campus.


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

The survey was sent to all students, faculty, and staff through the appropriate mass-distribution email lists. The survey was open for a week and a half to accept responses.


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

341 people responded to the survey, 222 students (65%), 67 faculty (20%), and 52 staff (15%). On average, students answered correctly 57.21% of the time for all questions, and answered "Don't know" 15.24% of the time. Questions on water, resource use, and humans' impact on land are areas where literacy could be improved.


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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Data was analyzed and input by Ciara Tennis, University Assistant for Climate and Sustainability Initiatives.

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