Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 67.48
Liaison Nico Strabac
Submission Date Jan. 22, 2019
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STARS v2.1

Mohawk College
AC-6: Sustainability Literacy Assessment

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 4.00 / 4.00 Kayla LaChance
Sustainability Programs and Services Coordinator
Sustainability Office
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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:

Please see uploaded copy of the questions.

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

This literacy assessment was developed by Mohawk Sustainability and vetted by The Institutional Research Department. Content was determined by examining best practices used by other institutions. Participants were posed a number of knowledge based questions surrounding challenges facing the environment, economy and the associated social impacts. The survey went live November 25, 2018.

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

The survey was promoted both digitally (via email announcements, eLearn landing page) and in-person (outreach booths, post-cards, and by professors at the beginning of lecture). The survey was administrated through Institutional Research's survey software which participants accessed through a quick-link.

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

The literacy assessment was designed to not only asses the knowledge of sustainability challenges, but to gather input on how Mohawk can become a more sustainable institution. This was the first time a sustainability literacy assessment has been reported. This assessment was made available to students, faculty and employees of the college.

In total 3248 individuals completed the survey, of which over 2700 were students. Notable results include 90% of respondents were able to identify the definition for the term "greenhouse effect", and 81% identified carbon dioxide as a primary pollutant driving climate change. Respondents tested well when asked to identify sustainable forms of energy and transportation, as well as potential impacts climate change could have on campus life. Mohawk College looks forward to repeating this assessment in Spring 2019.

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

Additional documentation to support the submission:

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