Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 70.85
Liaison Amy Butler
Submission Date Feb. 28, 2019
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STARS v2.1

Michigan State University
AC-6: Sustainability Literacy Assessment

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 4.00 / 4.00 Amy Butler
Campus Sustainability Director
MSU 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:

See attached document

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

the literacy assessment has been conducted annually for the last five years.  A manual that describes the process has been developed. and shared with BIG 10 and Friends in the region.  A standardized approach that is consistent with the requirements of the IRB is utilized.  Details of the methodology are included in the report and guidance which are uploaded in the online reporting tool.

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

The assessments are administered via email utilizing Qualtrics.  

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

A population of 20,000 students received the initial survey between October 11 and October 30,.  The total responses was 3737 with an overall response  rate of 18.6 %.  Of the total respondents, 45% live off campus and 53.1 % live on campus, and 1.8 % in Greek houses.  Knowledge of social sustainability; economic sustainability, environmental sustainability and distribution of knowledge throughout fourteen different colleges. The lowest knowledge scores were in the School of Nursing and the highest were in the School of Music.  Questions were also asked regarding factors impacting choice of living arrangements as well as insight on sustainable elements such as sustainability attitudes; and sustainable actions taken on campus, i.e. alternative transportation; recycling; energy conservation; food waste and plastic use. 

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

Additional documentation to support the submission:

survey results; and questions for both 2017 and 2018 are uploaded as attachment

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