Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 80.45
Liaison Tori Grant
Submission Date Dec. 13, 2018
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STARS v2.1

University of Calgary
AC-6: Sustainability Literacy Assessment

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 4.00 / 4.00 Tori Grant
Advisor, Operational Sustainability
Office of Sustainability
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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:

see link above

A brief description of how the literacy assessment was developed and/or when it was adopted:

The Office of Sustainability, in collaboration with the Academic Coordinator for Sustainability, designed a Sustainability Literacy Survey and Cultural Assessment during the summer of 2015. This survey was built on a survey conducted on campus in 2013 as well as the research conducted at the University of Michigan through its Sustainability Cultural Indicators Program. The resulting instrument was administered to undergraduate and graduate students in September 2015 with a follow-up conducted in March 2016. The survey was administered again in October 2018 with a follow-up planned for March 2019.

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

The survey was completed by 1386 respondents in September 2015, 1211 respondents in March 2016 and 928 respondents in October 2018 via an online platform. The 10-minute survey was advertised through channels on-campus such as the University website, student portals, social media, events and newsletters. An incentive of a gift card was offered. Students were asked to identify their faculty and year of study.

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

Results show that students are knowledgeable about what a living wage is, with over 67% of students selecting the correct answer to the related question. The majority of students completing the survey (~88%) are in undergraduate programs in their first year.

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

Additional documentation to support the submission:

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