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

STARS v2.2

Sonoma State University
EN-6: Assessing Sustainability Culture

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.50 / 1.00 Claudia Luke
Director of the Center for Environmental Inquiry
Science and Tech Instruction
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Does the institution conduct an assessment of 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:

At the request of President Judy K. Sakaki, the Strategic Planning Process was launched during the 2017-18 academic year. The commitment from the beginning was to create a comprehensive and collaborative institution-wide planning process that involved students, faculty, staff, community members, alumni, and business and community leaders.
All Sonoma State University students, faculty, staff, and administrators are invited to engage in World Cafés about how to implement SSU’s core values of Diversity, Sustainability, and Community Engagement.
The Core Values Working Group will share the findings from these World Cafés with divisions, schools, and departments so the ideas can inform their strategic planning processes later this fall.
Each World Café will have tables focused on the topics of diversity, sustainability, and community engagement.

http://strategicplan.sonoma.edu/process/strategic-plan-process


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:

The questions framed by the Strategic Planning group are directed towards different departments and students in assessing the core values of the university, which include:
* Diversity and Social Justice
* Sustainability and Environmental Inquiry
* Connectivity and Community Engagement
* Adaptability and responsiveness

Some of the sample questions directed towards staff, faculty and students are:
* What do we do well at SSU? What makes us proud?
* What can we do better at SSU?
* What do we want to do at SSU that we don't do now to make the university better?
* What might we stop doing or do differently to change, innovate and improve at SSU?


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

Periodically, all Sonoma State University students, faculty, staff, and administrators are invited to engage in World Cafés about how to implement SSU’s core values of Diversity, Sustainability, and Community Engagement. A Doodle poll to register themselves for the assessment are circulated through emails. The registered pupil would meet at a selected location and assess the questionnaire.
The Core Values Working Group will share the findings from these World Cafés with divisions, schools, and departments so the ideas can inform their strategic planning processes later.


A brief summary of results from the cultural assessment:
Website URL where information about the assessment of sustainability culture is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:

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