Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 71.55
Liaison Kelsey Beal
Submission Date Jan. 18, 2024

STARS v2.2

Indiana University Bloomington
AC-6: Sustainability Literacy Assessment

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 4.00 / 4.00 Kelsey Beal
Sustainbility Analyst
Office of Sustainability
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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 to compare the 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.

The survey was deployed in February 2020 and the results were analyzed in 2020.

A brief summary of results from the literacy assessment(s):
Literacy scores improve as students progress in their studies at IU. Among the sustainability behaviors evaluated in the 2020 survey, IU students frequently report turning off the lights, carrying a reusable water bottle and printing doubled-sided; IU students reported recycling and choosing vegetarian meals less frequently. The strongest predictors of overall sustainable behavior among students were social norms, attitudes, and perceptions of convenience.

Website URL where information about the sustainability literacy assessment is available:

Additional documentation to support the submission:

Data source(s) and notes about the submission:
Due to the interruption caused by COVID-19, the reassessment that was expected to occur in (calendar year) 2022 was delayed. As such, the most recent assessment from 2019 has been reported.

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