Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 67.61
Liaison Makayla Bonney
Submission Date Feb. 26, 2020

STARS v2.2

Indiana University Bloomington
AC-6: Sustainability Literacy Assessment

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 4.00 / 4.00 Andrew Predmore
University Director of Sustainability
Sustain IU
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Does the institution conduct an assessment of the sustainability literacy of its students?:

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

IUB chose to use sustainability literacy questions from The Ohio State University's Assessment of Sustainability Knowledge (ASK) tool to assess sustainability literacy of Hoosier students. This tested battery includes questions pertaining to the ecological, economic, and social domains of sustainability.

A sample of questions is provided below.
Many economists argue that electricity prices in the U.S. are too low because:
a. *They do not reflect the costs of pollution from generating electricity
b. Too many suppliers go out of business
c. Electric companies have a monopoly in their own service area
d. Consumers spend only a small part of their income on energy
e. Don’t know

38. Which of the following countries has now surpassed the U.S. as the biggest emitter of the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide?
a. *China
b. Sweden
c. Brazil
d. Japan
e. Don’t know

The wealthiest 20% of people in the U.S. own approximately what percent of the nation’s privately held wealth?
a. 20%
b. 35%
c. 50%
d. *85%
e. Don’t know

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

More information on the OSU ASK tool may be found here:

IUB chose to utilize the OSU ASK tool in order to compare sustainability literacy of IUB students to that of students at other institutions. The survey was created in the fall of 2019 and administered from 3 February 2020 through 6 March 2020.

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

A representative sample was reached using Spring 2020 FTE figures provided by the Registrar's Office.

Survey is being deployed during February 2020 and results will be analyzed in April 2020. Response rates are expected to be similar to the 2017 survey.

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

A summary of 2017 survey results is attached. The 2020 results will be available in late summer 2020.

Website URL where information about the sustainability literacy assessment is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:

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