Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 68.61
Liaison Sherri Venero
Submission Date Feb. 26, 2018
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STARS v2.1

Northland College
AC-6: Sustainability Literacy Assessment

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 4.00 / 4.00 Scott Grinnell
Professor of Physics
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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:

Q10 What effect does an increase of carbon dioxide have in the Earth’s atmosphere?
o Carbon dioxide lowers the Earth’s albedo, causing more sunlight to hit the Earth and therefore warming it.
o Carbon dioxide absorbs and traps heat that is radiating away from Earth’s surface.
o The concentrations of carbon dioxide in Earth’s atmosphere are too small to have any major impact.
o Carbon dioxide destroys the ozone layer allowing more warmth to reach the earth’s surface.

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

The Sustainability Literacy Survey was created through the collaborate work of faculty, staff, and students and first implemented in Fall 2017.

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

The assessment is administered through a sustainability literacy survey that is given to all incoming freshman as part of their required First Year Experience (FYE) course. Since Northland adopted this survey beginning Fall 2017, the college has not yet administered a sustainability literacy exit survey to the graduating class. This will be done in May 2018 for the first time.

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

Of the students entering Northland College this year, 76% indicated an interest in sustainability (only 5% were disinterested in sustainability). The three largest areas of specific interest were (1) Environmental Protection/Restoration, (2) Renewable Energy and Sustainable Building Design, and (3) Local and Sustainable Food. Northland is currently unable to assess changes over time due to the recency of adopting the survey.

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

Additional documentation to support the submission:

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