Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 67.33
Liaison James Biesecker
Submission Date Nov. 1, 2022

STARS v2.2

Gettysburg College
EN-6: Assessing Sustainability Culture

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Randy Wilson
Associate Professor
Environmental Studies
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Does the institution conduct an assessment of sustainability culture?:

Which of the following best describes the cultural assessment? The assessment is administered to::
The entire campus community (students and employees) directly or by representative sample

Which of the following best describes the structure of the cultural assessment? The assessment is administered::
Longitudinally to measure change over time

A brief description of how and when the cultural assessment(s) were developed and/or adopted:
The survey was developed by Prof. Randy Wilson and student, Cassie Shields, to assess campus-wide views, beliefs and values regarding environmental sustainability, with the goal of helping us write a new sustainability action plan.

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:
See file attached.

A brief description of how representative samples were reached (if applicable) and how the cultural assessment is administered:
The assessment is designed to measure Sustainability Literacy and Culture across the entire student population. A representative random sampling method is employed based on residence halls, which ensures representation across class year, gender and major. Surveys are handed out in person by student workers and filled out immediately on hard copy to ensure high response rates (which have typically been 21% of the entire student population, or 540 surveys for a total population of approxmiately 2500).

A brief summary of results from the cultural assessment:
In the most recent survey conducted, over half (55%) of students surveyed were literate about Gettysburg College's sustainability culture practices based on a majority of correct survey responses to campus sustainability knowledge, value and behavior questions.

Website URL where information about the assessment of sustainability culture is available:

Additional documentation to support the submission:

Data source(s) and notes about the submission:

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