Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 46.12
Liaison Deborah Steinberg
Submission Date March 1, 2018
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STARS v2.1

Knox College
AC-6: Sustainability Literacy Assessment

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 4.00 Deborah Steinberg
Director of Campus Sustainability Initiatives
Office of 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)?:
Yes

Which of the following best describes the literacy assessment? The assessment is administered to::
A subset of students or a sample that may not be representative of the predominant student body

Which of the following best describes the structure of the assessment? The assessment is administered as a::
Standalone evaluation without a follow-up assessment of the same cohort or representative samples

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

A number of existing sustainability literacy assessments were reviewed including the ASK survey. Items were edited to be applicable to our region and student population. The first version of the survey was given in 2015 and edited again for 2016.


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

The survey is given to all incoming first-year students as a part of their review of the new student orientation.


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

Results show that 75-85 percent of incoming students have knowledge of the basic definition of carbon footprint and renewable resources. About 70 percent of students understand making sustainable food choices. There is an equal split on what students think which of the three "Rs" provides the greatest environmental impact. When it comes to making choices in behaviors that would use less energy or have a reduced carbon footprint, there is less knowledge. Fewer than 60 percent of students chose correct answers to these types of questions.


The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
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Additional documentation to support the submission:
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