Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 49.64
Liaison Adam Maurer
Submission Date March 31, 2021

STARS v2.2

Seattle Central College
AC-6: Sustainability Literacy Assessment

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 4.00 Adam Maurer
District Sustainability Coordinator
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:

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

We reached out to colleagues at Seattle University and Hobart and William Smtih Colleges who have recently conducted similar surveys. We obtained permission to use some of their questions and methodology in developing our survey. This survey was created to serve AC 6 and EN 6 (literacy and culture). We wanted to be comprehensive, but not create a survey that was too long. The goal is to get good data from a lot of students, so we wanted to make it accessible. It was developed throughout 2020 and first administered in fall quarter 2020.

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

The survey was open to all enrolled students. We tried to promote the survey through as many channels on campus as possible to get a representative sample. We posted the survey on the main Canvas page, we sent an email to the entire student body, we posted it the campus newsletter that goes to all students, posted it to the College's social media pages, and we sent an email to all faculty asking them to encourage students to complete the survey. The survey was completed 100% online through Survey Monkey.

A brief summary of results from the literacy assessment(s):

110 students participated in the survey.
1. Over 75% of respondents "believe that human caused climate change is happening."
2. Over 90% of respondents either strongly agree or agree that they, "think a lot about the environmental impacts of my actions."
3. 75% of respondents are very concerned about climate change. Other area of concerns measured were energy, education, food production, health and wellness, inflation, local business/economy, resource consumption, security and safety, and water use. More students were very concerned about climate change than any other area of concern surveyed.

Website URL where information about the sustainability literacy assessment is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:

This survey included questions to assess both sustainability literacy and sustainability culture (EN 6). Questions 5-17 address sustainability literacy.

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