|Submission Date||Dec. 12, 2019|
AC-6: Sustainability Literacy Assessment
|4.00 / 4.00||
Office of the Vice Rector, External and International Affairs and Health
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::
Which of the following best describes the structure of the assessment? The assessment is administered as a::
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. The survey will be updated in 2020-2021.
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 first administered in November 2015 to undergraduate students (first and last year) and to all graduate students in April 2016. Since that time, Université Laval sends this survey annually, with a circumstantial hole in data collection for undergraduate (Fall 2018) and for graduate students (Winter 2019). This survey was last sent to first and last year students (undergraduate) in October 2019. (see AC-06 – Schedule.xls)
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 ; 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). Each time the survey was sent, the sample was representative with 500-600 respondents of diverse profiles.
A brief summary of results from the literacy assessment(s), including a description of any measurable changes over time:
The results are still 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. This situation will be taken into account when the survey will be updated. The results for 2019 investigation are not available yet, the survey was completed on November 8th, 2019. It will be analysed in the beginning of 2020.
The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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