Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 74.86
Liaison Alyssa Erding
Submission Date Jan. 19, 2021

STARS v2.2

Macalester College
EN-6: Assessing Sustainability Culture

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Christie Manning
Director of Sustainability
Sustainability Office
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Does the institution conduct an assessment of sustainability culture?:

Which of the following best describes the cultural assessment? The assessment is administered to::
The entire campus community (students and employees) directly or by representative sample

Which of the following best describes the structure of the cultural assessment? The assessment is administered::
Longitudinally to measure change over time

A brief description of how and when the cultural assessment(s) were developed and/or adopted:

This assessment was developed by faculty and adopted in the fall of 2014 as part of the Educating Sustainability Ambassadors initiative. In 2020, the survey has been heavily edited and shortened. We had plans to administer the survey this fall, and with the changes to our academic calendar and delivery method we decided to push it off until the Spring semester (2021).

A copy or sample of the questions related to sustainability culture:
A sample of the questions related to sustainability culture or the website URL where the assessment tool is available:

A brief description of how representative samples were reached (if applicable) and how the cultural assessment is administered:

The survey was previously administered to the class time that has had the most students registered. Because of the way our academic calendar has changed, we have opted to offer the survey through our daily newsletter and direct outreach on class Facebook pages this coming spring. Much like our Literacy Assessment, we will work to assure our responses are reflective of the number of students in each class year and each area of study.

A brief summary of results from the cultural assessment:

From the past surveys, our measures indicate only a slight increase in students encounters with sustainability in the curriculum and co-curricular activities. And, our analysis of survey results found that student understanding of sustainability better reflected the three pillars (environmental, economic, social) in 2015 compared to 2014. In addition, student suggestions for sustainability opportunities on campus were more creative and sophisticated in 2015. In the Literacy Survey from 2020, students were offered the opportunity to leave comments for the office. Many mentioned operational interactions with sustainability and expressed enthusiasm for further projects and opportunities on campus. We will have results from our official Culture survey in Spring of 2021.

Website URL where information about the assessment of sustainability culture is available:

Additional documentation to support the submission:

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