Overall Rating Expired
Overall Score Expired
Liaison Laura Bain
Submission Date Jan. 26, 2015
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Furman University
AC-6: Sustainability Literacy Assessment

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete Expired Yancey Fouche
Associate Director
Shi Center for Sustainability
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The percentage of students assessed for sustainability literacy (directly or by representative sample) and for whom a follow-up assessment is conducted:
0

The percentage of students assessed for sustainability literacy (directly or by representative sample) without a follow-up assessment:
7.50
+ Date Revised: March 6, 2015

A copy of the questions included in the sustainability literacy assessment(s):
The questions included in the sustainability literacy assessment(s) :
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A brief description of how the assessment(s) were developed:

The assessment was developed by conducting a survey of other school’s sustainability literacy surveys, identifying the most common similarities and compiling the most appropriate questions that covered a comprehensive array of literacy topics. These questions were included in a survey also designed to obtain feedback on individual’s perceptions and behaviors related to specific sustainability topics. A staff member from the Shi Center for Sustainability collaborated intensively with the university’s Director of Institutional Assessment and Research and a leading research faculty member of the Psychology Department to develop the survey instrument and sampling methodology.

+ Date Revised: March 6, 2015

A brief description of how the assessment(s) were administered:

The assessment was administered as part of Furman’s Sustainability Perceptions Survey which has been administered to students, faculty and staff, every third year since 2008. A student sample (n=600) was randomly selected by the Director of Institutional Assessment and Research, with correction to ensure proportionate representation from all class years and genders. According to university practice on such surveys, the director distributed a request to participate via e-mail and issued one reminder. Forty-five students responded, representing the following spread across academic major areas: 35% natural sciences, 32% humanities, 32% social sciences.

+ Date Revised: March 6, 2015

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

Students associate sustainability with "recycling", "green" and "environment". 78% say sustainability is important in how they live and 59% are interested in integrating sustainability into their careers.


The website URL where information about the literacy assessment(s) is available:
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