Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 65.28
Liaison Michelle Seppala Gibbs
Submission Date March 3, 2023

STARS v2.2

Hope College
EN-6: Assessing Sustainability Culture

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Michelle Gibbs
Director
Office of Sustainability
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Does the institution conduct an assessment of sustainability culture?:
Yes

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:
We've conducted two assessments to explore attitudes and behaviors of the students, staff, and faculty on our campus by reviewing data collected in an anonymous survey. The participants were engaged via their hope.edu email addresses to participate and there was not any type of treatments, interventions, or deception in this survey and it was 100% voluntary. The goal is to help us better understand: What drives individual behavior change in the area of sustainability for the Hope College community? and encourage sustainable behaviors. The first assessment was in the summer of 2018 and was sent to students, faculty, and staff. The second assessment was in the fall of 2019 and was sent to a randomly selected group of 800 students (200 freshmen, 200 sophomores, 200 juniors, and 200 seniors). Our goal was to conduct the assesment again in 2021, but staff from the Office of Sustainability were involved in covid safety measures on campus and surveys sent from the Fosrt Center were reduced during this time as well. We will plan to conduct another assessment in 2023.

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:
The assessments were only open to the campus community and results were not shared publicly. We utilized the software "Qualtrics" through our partnership with the Hope College Frost Research Center. https://hope.edu/offices/frost-research-center/

A brief description of how representative samples were reached (if applicable) and how the cultural assessment is administered:
The participants were engaged via their hope.edu email addresses to participate and there was not any type of treatments, interventions, or deception in this survey and it was 100% voluntary. The assessment was administered through the Frost Research Center.

A brief summary of results from the cultural assessment:
The first assessment was in the summer of 2018 and was sent to students, faculty, and staff. We had 142 staff/faculty and 338 students complete the survey. The second assessment was in the fall of 2019 and was sent to a randomly selected group of 800 students (200 freshmen, 200 sophomores, 200 juniors, and 200 seniors). 226 Students filled out the survey Freshman: 29% Sophomore: 28% Junior: 25% Senior: 16% Other: 2% Chose not to disclose: 1% We had hoped to run this survey annually but have not been able to do so yet due to COVID. We aim to start this back up fall 2023 now that semesters are returning to normal again.

Website URL where information about the assessment of sustainability culture is available:
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Additional documentation to support the submission:
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Data source(s) and notes about the submission:
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