Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 67.33
Liaison Scott Doyle
Submission Date Nov. 25, 2019
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STARS v2.1

Ithaca College
AC-6: Sustainability Literacy Assessment

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 4.00 / 4.00 Rebecca Evans
Campus Sustainability Coordinator
Office of Energy Management and Sustainability
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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:

Please see attached.

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

A committee of faculty from Business, Communications, Health Sciences, and Humanities & Sciences worked with staff from the Office of Energy Management & Sustainability to develop the focus of the Ithaca College Sustainability Literacy Assessment. The committee then developed an assessment that reinforces the importance of everyday choices, as well as general sustainability themes.

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

The assessment was administered to incoming freshmen students through the Ithaca College Seminar Series (ICSM). ICSM is a series of courses available exclusively to freshman students that orient them to college and the liberal arts education. Faculty teaching ICSM courses supplement lectures with presentations from campus partners/experts, which is how we were able to administer the assessment. Approximately 150 students participated. The assessment consisted of live-polling followed by a review of correct answers and explanation of their importance and application.

Additional information on the ICSM program is available here: https://www.ithaca.edu/ithacaseminar/

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

The 2018-2019 academic year was the first time we administered the assessment so, we are unable to provide any measurable changes at this time. However, our preliminary results indicate that students have a broad understanding of sustainability and how their personal choices impact larger systems. We intend to administer this test to the same cohort as they prepare to graduate.

The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:

Additional documentation to support the submission:

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