Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 47.17
Liaison David Fisher
Submission Date April 11, 2014
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STARS v1.2

Maharishi University of Management
ER-13: Sustainability Literacy Assessment

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 2.00 Leanne Hays
Sustainable Living
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Has the institution conducted a sustainability literacy assessment?:

Did the assessment include a baseline evaluation of students and then a follow-up evaluation of the same cohort?:

A copy of the questions included in the sustainability literacy assessment:
A copy of the questions included in the sustainability literacy assessment :

A brief description of how the assessment was developed:

The assessment was developed by the Sustainable Living Department faculty, who felt they needed an idea of how well key concepts about sustainable communities, from the local to the global level, are being conveyed to the students. It is not intended to be the only such measure – course grades, the senior project, and post-graduate activities are also indicators, among others. But a pass is required for graduation.

A brief description of how the assessment was administered:

The exit exam consists of an oral and a written section. Oral: This will consist of SL faculty members sitting with students in a relaxed, group setting and asking them to define ten
terms chosen by faculty from each of the categories below. Students will define each term and explain how it relates to sustainability. The whole conversation will take about an
hour. Following this is an individual written exam in which students have to write a paragraph on another 10 topics and also one longer essay question. The whole exam is ‘closed book.’

A brief summary of results from the assessment:

An average of 6 students per semester take the exit exam. Overall we have been very pleased with the results; only four students have failed since the exam has been introduced. This exam is meant to give faculty a clear picture of the efficacy of their teaching techniques, and it appears they have been doing well in conveying subject material.

We look forward to implementing a baseline examination when students declare their major as Sustainable Living so that we can get a more clear picture of how much knowledge they've gained during their time as a student in the SL Department.

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

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