Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 71.91
Liaison Debbie Andres
Submission Date March 6, 2020

STARS v2.2

San Jose State University
EN-6: Assessing Sustainability Culture

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.50 / 1.00 Rachel Blake
Student Assistant
Environmental Resource Center
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Does the institution conduct an assessment of sustainability culture?:
Yes

Which of the following best describes the cultural assessment? The assessment is administered to::
The entire campus community (students and employees) directly or by representative sample

Which of the following best describes the structure of the cultural assessment? The assessment is administered::
Without a follow-up assessment of the same cohort or representative samples of the same population

A brief description of how and when the cultural assessment(s) were developed and/or adopted:

The surveys were sent out to one randomly selected class that was offered within every department within the Fall 2019 semester (Appendix II). We used a random number generator to select one course within each SJSU department to identify “sample points” within the student population.


A copy or sample of the questions related to sustainability culture:
A sample of the questions related to sustainability culture or the website URL where the assessment tool is available:

How strongly do you agree or disagree with the following points of view?
Access to clean water is a universal human right.
1 2 3 4 5
Strongly Disagree Strongly Agree
Education and higher education should include sustainability knowledge and behavior.
1 2 3 4 5
Strongly Disagree Strongly Agree
I am concerned about the increase of sea level rise, extreme weather events, droughts, floods, and fires caused by climate change.
1 2 3 4 5
Strongly Disagree Strongly Agree

I am concerned about the environmental impact of my transportation.
1 2 3 4 5
Strongly Disagree Strongly Agree


A brief description of how representative samples were reached (if applicable) and how the cultural assessment is administered:

The Qualtrics survey was sent out to the randomly selected faculty members that were randomly selected from each department and were encouraged to share the survey with the students of the indicated class.


A brief summary of results from the cultural assessment:

There was not a statistically significant difference of first year students in attitudes among different colleges. Every college mean score was relatively high. This shows that individuals who attend college have a concern about what the effects of climate change might have on some part of their lifestyle and communities. The College of Social Science had the highest score for attitude and behavior among first year students.


Website URL where information about the assessment of sustainability culture is available:
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