Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 55.04
Liaison Prabhakar Shrestha
Submission Date Jan. 13, 2023

STARS v2.2

New Jersey Institute of Technology
AC-6: Sustainability Literacy Assessment

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 4.00 Sadia Mohiuddin
Sustainability Specialist
Office of Sustainability
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Does the institution conduct an assessment of the sustainability literacy of its students?:

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::
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 list or sample of the questions included in the sustainability literacy assessment or the website URL where the assessment tool may be found:
- What is the most common cause of pollution of streams and rivers?
- Ozone forms a protective layer in the earth's upper atmosphere. What does ozone protect us from?
- Safe working conditions fall under what type of sustainability?
- Which of the following is the best example of sustainable forest management?
- Of the following, which would be considered living in the MOST environmentally sustainable way?
- Which of the following is the most commonly used definition of sustainable development?
- Over the past three decades, what has happened to the difference between the wealth of the richest and poorest Americans?
- Which social class is most active in improving sustainability
- Many economists argue that electricity prices in the U.S. are too low because…
- Please rank the following activities in order from the activity with the largest environmental impact to the activity with the smallest environmental impact.
- Which of the following is the most commonly used definition of economic sustainability?
- Which of the following is a leading cause of the depletion of fish stocks in the Atlantic Ocean?
- Which of the following is the best example of environmental justice?
- How is a lack of affordable housing impacting our climate?

A brief description of how the literacy assessment was developed and/or when it was adopted:
The literacy assessment was developed in September of 2022 by NJIT's Office of Sustainability based off of the literacy assessment of Colorado State University. It was administered and adopted in October of 2022.

A brief description of how a representative sample was reached (if applicable) and how the assessment(s) were administered :
The Office of Sustainability at NJIT partnered with The Office of Institutional Effectiveness to administer the survey via email. This survey was sent to all students (both graduate and undergraduate). Of the 12,332 students, 170 responded. This survey was developed to gauge the overall environmental awareness on campus, and help develop new initiatives going forward. The respondents of this survey were completely anonymous.

A brief summary of results from the literacy assessment(s):
Results indicate that NJIT students have a broad understanding of sustainability. Students have a good grasp on social justice & the environmental component of sustainability. However, their knowledge on economic sustainability is not up to par. This suggests there's a lack of emphasis on this section in the sustainability-focused & sustainability-inclusive courses. The average score in the 2022 literacy survey is 79%.

Website URL where information about the sustainability literacy assessment is available:

Additional documentation to support the submission:
Data source(s) and notes about the submission:

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