Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 50.52
Liaison Megan Varnadore
Submission Date Feb. 18, 2021

STARS v2.2

Sonoma State University
AC-6: Sustainability Literacy Assessment

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 4.00 Claudia Luke
Director of the Center for Environmental Inquiry
Science and Tech Instruction
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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::
A subset of students or a sample that may not be representative of the predominant student body

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:

Some of the sample questions included in the assessment are:
* Describe your project/program. What did you do?
* What environmental issue(s) did your project/program address?
* Reflect on your experience. How did it relate to your coursework? What did you think or feel about it? (If your instructor required a reflection paper, you can cut and paste it here.)
* How did your understanding about environmental topics change?

All the questions can be found from the website below:

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

The survey was developed by the Center for Environmental to assess the impacts on students of real-world projects and training experiences in environmental inquiry. It has been updated 2-3 times since then.

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

During the start of the term, students are introduced to the assessment tool to provide their post-project experiences they gain from working on environmental issues. The responses are kept confidential and passed over to the instructors to analyze & improve so that they can deliver a better understanding of sustainability issues.

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

The majority of students participating in three training programs (97% in Naturalist Training, 90% in Water Research, and 96% in Land Management):
* Learned more about environmental issues and become more environmentally conscious.
* Developed practical skills that can be applied across a wide range of disciplines.
* Felt that they were able to make an impact due to their participation in center programs.
* Felt that their experience will help them acquire a job and be helpful in their careers.

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

Additional documentation to support the submission:

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