Overall Rating Bronze - expired
Overall Score 25.19
Liaison Robert Yelnosky
Submission Date May 14, 2015
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Juniata College
AC-6: Sustainability Literacy Assessment

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Complete 2.89 / 4.00 Robert Yelnosky
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The percentage of students assessed for sustainability literacy (directly or by representative sample) and for whom a follow-up assessment is conducted:

The percentage of students assessed for sustainability literacy (directly or by representative sample) without a follow-up assessment:

A copy of the questions included in the sustainability literacy assessment(s):
The questions included in the sustainability literacy assessment(s) :

A brief description of how the assessment(s) were developed:

Team of students and faculty worked together, doing research on best practices and put together the survey.

A brief description of how the assessment(s) were administered:

The survey was one of the modules required of all incoming freshmen as part of their Information Access course. Environmental Science seniors also surveyed seniors for 3 years. This survey was voluntary.

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

Juniata College has been administering an environmental attitudes survey to incoming freshmen since 2005. The objective of the survey is to document students’ attitudes and behaviors towards environmental issues. Evaluating such concepts of sustainability contributes to the school’s mission to be an environmentally responsible academic intuition. The survey is divided into four sections – the new environmental paradigm, which addresses broad issues on ecology and the environment; transportation related issues; attitudes and behaviors towards recycling; and attitudes and behaviors related to consumption. We found gender differences in attitudes, where males appear to be less environmentally minded than females. This year the survey was also administered to exiting seniors. We also found an encouraging trend - the attitudes of graduating seniors were significantly more environmentally friendly than those of the incoming freshmen. Seniors felt that the “ecological crisis” that we face is real, and that there are serious resource limitations that we need to address. Differences in behavior were not as apparent between the two groups. Seniors were more resistant to capping the number of cars allowed on campus (Kruskal-Wallis P-value:0.029), freshmen were less likely to remember to recycle (Kruskal-Wallis P-value = 0.05). Overall, our results indicate that the Juniata College experience leads to environmentally responsible citizens.

The website URL where information about the literacy assessment(s) is available:

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