Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 66.41
Liaison Trevor Ledbetter
Submission Date Feb. 10, 2012
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STARS v1.0

University of Arizona
ER-13: Sustainability Literacy Assessment

Status Score Responsible Party
1.00 / 2.00 Joseph Abraham
Director
Office of Sustainability
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Has the institution conducted a sustainability literacy assessment?:
Yes

Did the assessment include a baseline evaluation of students and then a follow-up evaluation of the same cohort?:
No

A copy of the questions included in the sustainability literacy assessment:
A copy of the questions included in the sustainability literacy assessment :
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A brief description of how the assessment was developed:

The assessment was developed based on a review of current assessments used by other universities and an assessment promoted by the American College Personnel Association (ACPA). Questions from the ACPA's Sustainability Assessment were amended so as to better reflect the impact of the curriculum and time spent at the University of Arizona on the understanding of sustainability principles in addition to measuring behavior.


A brief description of how the assessment was administered:

The assessment was administered online to a representative randomly selected sample population of 3700 seniors for a period of 17 days starting on November 28, 2011 to December 14, 2011.

To encourage a higher response rate, all participants who completed the survey were given the opportunity to enter into a raffle to win one of ten gift cards worth $35 each.


A brief summary of results from the assessment:

The major findings of the assessment indicate:

1.Seniors at the UA are generally concerned about environmental, social, and economic sustainability issues, with over 50% reporting as being “very concerned” or “extremely concerned.”

2.Over half of respondents indicate that their career choices have been or will be influenced by concerns regarding sustainability to a moderate or considerable degree.

3.Respondents indicate that the UA has improved awareness and understanding of sustainability topics through the academic curriculum.


The website URL where information about the literacy assessment is available:
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