Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 69.05
Liaison Katherine Spector
Submission Date March 3, 2023

STARS v2.2

State University of New York at Oswego
EN-6: Assessing Sustainability Culture

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.50 / 1.00 Deborah Furlong
Director of Institutional Research and Assessment
Office of Institutional Research and Assessment
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Does the institution conduct an assessment of sustainability culture?:

Which of the following best describes the cultural assessment? The assessment is administered to::
A subset of the campus community or a sample that may not be representative of the entire community

Which of the following best describes the structure of the cultural assessment? The assessment is administered::
Longitudinally to measure change over time

A brief description of how and when the cultural assessment(s) were developed and/or adopted:
The Sustainability Culture Assessment was created through the collaboration of the Office of Sustainability, faculty on campus, and the Office of Institutional Research to ask about students' awareness, opinions, and views of sustainability on our campus.

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:
Our group wrote questions that would fall under each of the five frameworks of the culture survey. Beliefs, Awareness, Behaviors, Values, and Perceptions. Each framework included five questions that would speak to the respondents beliefs, awareness, values, behaviors, and perceptions towards sustainability. Questions were posed as a statement asking the respondent to choose on a Likert scale from strongly agree to strongly disagree. Some of the questions asked are as follows: -I am aware of sustainability courses offered on campus -I am aware of EV vehicle charging stations on campus -I expect my future professional work to involve sustainability in some way -Sustainability is a core value of mine -I never recycle -I use a reusable water bottle instead of purchasing bottled water -SUNY Oswego acts on its commitment to environmental sustainability -SUNY Oswego communicates progress toward carbon neutrality -SUNY Oswego provides opportunities to learn and engage with the natural environment

A brief description of how representative samples were reached (if applicable) and how the cultural assessment is administered:
Both the Sustainability Culture and Literacy survey were sent out to the largest representative sample of our population (undergraduate students) which in total is 2,992 students. Once the survey closed after a month, we received 326 responses. The assessment was administered through Qualtrics to the entire undergraduate student body. Despite the survey being confidential, we offered a gift card to purchase a bicycle as an incentive for taking the survey, where students were asked to supply their campus email to be kept anonymous. A post-assessment Literacy & Culture survey will be deployed to the campus during April of 2023 to coincide with Earth Month-related programming at the institution.

A brief summary of results from the cultural assessment:
The fall semester of 2022 is the first time we have deployed both a Sustainability Culture and Literacy survey this extensive, making it difficult to measure any changes over time as now. Results from this initial survey found that 82% of students believe that racial equality is a core value of theirs and 81% believe that issues involving air and water pollution are important to address. In other sections, many responses were split between how aware students were of sustainable features/programs on our campus such as our BikeShare program, or EV chargers available on campus, and how well the campus does in communicating this information to the larger campus audience.

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

Additional documentation to support the submission:

Data source(s) and notes about the submission:

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