Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 70.79
Liaison Yumiko Jakobcic
Submission Date March 1, 2019
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STARS v2.1

Grand Valley State University
AC-6: Sustainability Literacy Assessment

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 4.00 / 4.00 Yumiko Jakobcic
Campus Sustainability Coordinator
Office of Sustainability Practices
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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::
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 sample of the questions included in the sustainability literacy assessment or the website URL where the assessment tool may be found:

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

In previous years, our main survey was included as part of a transportation survey (it was done that way for simplicity, to have one survey instead of multiple surveys). As sustainability grows at GVSU, we decided to pilot a sustainability-specific survey with a follow-up assessment and hope to expand on this in future years.

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

The survey was sent to a representative sample selected by our institutional analysis department. It was sent via email and administered using Qualmetrics.

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

Students were most aware of very visible sustainability efforts on campus (ie. green roofs, the bus system). About 45% of students were aware of our office and scored highly in terms of sustainability literacy; however, we recognize that this is a small sample and look forward to expanding this survey in the future.

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

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