Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 72.05
Liaison Kathleen Crawford
Submission Date July 28, 2017
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STARS v2.1

Florida Gulf Coast University
AC-6: Sustainability Literacy Assessment

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 4.00 Brenda Thomas
University Colloquium Coorinator
University Colloquium
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Does the institution conduct an assessment of the sustainability literacy of its students (i.e. an assessment focused on student knowledge of sustainability topics and challenges)?:

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 sample of the questions included in the sustainability literacy assessment or the website URL where the assessment tool may be found:

We assess the following competencies as requirements to receive a passing grade (C or higher) in the University Colloquium: A Sustainable Future:

1. Demonstrate an understanding of environmental issues through writing and class participation.
2. Critically analyze environmental issues from economic, social, political, and ecological perspectives.
3. Describe the unique ecological features of the area and analyze Southwest Florida’s unique environmental and ecological challenges.
4. Demonstrate a practical understanding of sustainability, sense of place, and ecological literacy.

This is accomplished through assigned readings, group discussions, writing assignments, field experiences, service-learning, and other projects. FGCU considers students that achieve a passing grade in this course to be sustainability literate.

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

The University Colloquium is an interdisciplinary course designed to explore the ecological, social, and economic aspects of sustainability. The course has been a graduation requirement since the University opened its doors in 1997. Course curriculum is maintained and revised by an advisory council made up of faculty, staff, and student representatives from a diversity of departments across campus.

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

Students from all majors must take the course to graduate and a representative cross-section of the undergraduate population is enrolled at any given time. The University Colloquium Coordinator and the Environmental Health & Safety Department requested annual grade data from the Registrar's Office to sample the sustainability literacy of our campus population.

A brief summary of results from the literacy assessment(s), including a description of any measurable changes over time:

During the 2014-15 Academic Year (AY) ( which includes Summer 2014, Fall 2014, and Spring 2015), 96% of students sampled achieved sustainability literacy as assessed through the University Colloquium. In both AY 2015-16 and 2016-17, 95% of students sampled achieved sustainability literacy as assessed through the University Colloquium.

The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:

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