Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 71.86
Liaison Elida Erickson
Submission Date March 23, 2016
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STARS v2.0

University of California, Santa Cruz
AC-6: Sustainability Literacy Assessment

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.24 / 4.00 Shauna Casey
Sustainability Programs Manager
Campus Sustainability Office
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The percentage of students assessed for sustainability literacy (directly or by representative sample) and for whom a follow-up assessment is conducted:

The percentage of students assessed for sustainability literacy (directly or by representative sample) without a follow-up assessment:

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

The questions included in the sustainability literacy assessment(s) :

Current global climate change is...
A) Caused mostly by human activities.
B) Caused equally by both human activities and natural changes.
C) Caused mostly by natural changes in the environment.
D) None of the above because global climate change isn’t happening.
E) Don't know

Which of the following is an example of a social justice issue?
A) Global climate change only impacts the quality of life in non-industrialized countries.
B) Poor communities are especially vulnerable to effects of climate change.
C) Responding to climate change requires addressing historical inequalities (such as lack of access to adequate healthcare and housing).
D) All of the above.
E) B and C are correct.
F) Don't know.

Climate change impacts farm-working communities in California because:
A) Higher temperatures and drought reduce wages and agricultural job opportunities.
B) Farm workers can easily relocate to another state to find another job.
C) Higher temperatures lead to more heat strokes and other health problems among workers.
D) All of the above.
E) A and C are correct.
F) Don't know.

Which of the following is an example of environmental justice?
A) City residents supported a bill to have toxic wastes taken to rural communities.
B) To create hydropower for a large city, the government built a dam on a river, flooding Native American tribal lands.
C) A logging project was stopped because members of an Indigenous community did not consent.
D) Multi-national corporations build factories in less-industrialized countries without environmental laws.
E) All of the above.
F) Don’t know.

A brief description of how the assessment(s) were developed:

The People of Color Sustainability Collective (PoCSC), a partnership between the Ethnic Resource Centers, residential Colleges Nine and Ten, and the Campus Sustainability Office, developed the survey with the assistance of UCSC’s Institutional Research, Assessment & Policy Studies. The purpose of the survey is to better understand student experiences and perceptions of the environmental sustainability movement and climate on our campus, as well as general knowledge of sustainability. The following are the different sections the survey will focus on:

1. Participation in organizations and programs
2. Perceptions of campus priorities
3. In-class learning experience
4. Personal experiences and suggestions
5. Student knowledge about key concepts related to environmental sustainability

The survey uses linkert scales, multiple choice questions, and a few fill in the blank question types. Demographic information about students is collected from university admissions databases and is linked through their UCSC CruzID.

A brief description of how the assessment(s) were administered:

All UCSC undergraduates received emails distributed by a campus-wide server with a description of the survey and a link to access the survey. The survey will be open from Tuesday, March 8th, until Sunday, April 10th.

To encourage participation, students who participate in the survey will be entered in a raffle to win an iPad Air or $50 gift cards to our campus bookstore. Academic deans and department chairs were asked to encourage professors in their departments to remind their students to take the survey or offer extra credit for participating. Student interns will be tabling in various campus locations with laptops to encouraging students to take the survey.

A brief summary of results from the assessment(s):

The assessment is currently being undertaken therefore, we will not have the results until the week of April 18th, 2016. The survey has been open for one week and we have received 1,759 responses, giving us an 11% response rate so far.

The website URL where information about the literacy assessment(s) is available:
Data source(s) and notes about the submission:

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