Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 82.53
Liaison Pierre Lemay
Submission Date Dec. 23, 2016
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STARS v2.1

Universite Laval
AC-6: Sustainability Literacy Assessment

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 4.00 / 4.00 Pierre Lemay
Development Advisor
Executive Vice-rectorate
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Does the institution conduct an assessment of the sustainability literacy of its students (i.e. an assessment focused on student knowledge of sustainability topics and challenges)?:

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::
Pre- and post-assessment to the same cohort or to representative samples in both a pre- and post-test

A copy of the questions included in the sustainability literacy assessment(s):
A 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:

Université Laval has developed its own sustainable development survey that includes questions to assess sustainability literacy (questions #3, 5, 6, 7, and 14). This survey was developed in September 2015 with the involvement of all the sustainable development stakeholders. A third of the assessment focuses on student knowledge of sustainability topics and challenges.

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

The online sustainable development survey was sent by email. It was administered in November 2015 to undergraduate students (first and last year) and to all graduate students in April 2016. To answer the online survey, the students had to enter their personal ID. This unique identifier has two functions: make sure the respondent is a Université Laval’s student and compile the respondents’ profiles (program, year of study, gender, etc.).

After closing the survey, an analysis was run to make sure that the respondents accurately reflect the members of the entire population (representative subset of the statistical population). Both times, the subset was representative.

The same survey will be sent each year at the same period to the target populations. For example, the survey for the undergraduate will be sent in November annually to first and last year students. Which means that the first year undergraduate students surveyed in November 2015, will be surveyed again in November 2017 in their third year.

A brief summary of results from the literacy assessment(s), including a description of any measurable changes over time:

For now the results are difficult to interpret. Half of the respondents were able to answer correctly the questions to assess sustainability literacy with no particular correlation to their year of study.

The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:

Additional documentation to support the submission:

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