Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 56.79
Liaison Ryan Chabot
Submission Date April 23, 2024

STARS v2.2

University of Central Florida
AC-6: Sustainability Literacy Assessment

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 4.00 Ryan Chabot
Sustainability Coordinator
Arboretum and Sustainability Initiatives
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Does the institution conduct an assessment of the sustainability literacy of its students?:

Which of the following best describes the literacy assessment? The assessment is administered to::
A subset of students or a sample that may not be representative of the predominant student body

Which of the following best describes the structure of the assessment? The assessment is administered as a::
Standalone evaluation without a follow-up assessment of the same cohort or representative samples

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

During the Spring 2024 semester, a group of student from a UCF College of Undergraduate Studies Environmental Studies Capstone course began the process of developing both a Sustainability Literacy Assessment (AC-6) and an Assessment of Sustainability Culture (EN-6) survey, working directly with the UCF Sustainability Coordinator.

Their initial steps included consulting assessments used by other universities which had earned either partial or full STARS points for categories credits EN-6 and AC-6 to develop a spreadsheet cataloging information about their assessment(s). The spreadsheet contained information about what points were earned, whether the school implemented a combined survey for both categories, number of questions, and notes on sample sizes and survey administration. The length of surveys, number of questions, and question formats were significant considerations for how they developed their survey. Catalogued information from other STARS-reporting institutions identified common themes among surveys, such as topics covered, question formats, and administration techniques. In total, they cataloged assessment information for eight (8) institutions for EN-6 and thirteen (13) institutions for AC-6.

After reviewing other universities and their surveys, the students developed a combined literacy assessment and sustainability culture survey containing 27 questions, ranging from multiple choice, rank all, and matrix tables, as well as room for feedback at the end of the survey. These questions were based on other universities and what they used to evaluate students, as well as UCF-specific questions. Questions included, among other topics, how students travel to campus, what sustainability measures they take at home, and what they know about their school’s resources.

Questions 1-13 relate to assessing sustainability culture (EN-6), while questions 14-27 relate to the sustainability literacy assessment (AC-6).

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

The students assembled their survey in Qualtrics, ensuring that question responses and formatting structures were friendly for mobile device users and to reduce potential fatigue. Once the survey was published through Qualtrics, it was administered to the students' Capstone course. The Capstone course's professor also distributed the survey to other teaching faculty within the College of Undergraduate Studies, who provided it to the students in their respective classes. The UCF Sustainability Coordinator will begin to engage with UCF's Operational Excellence and Assessment Support (OEAS) department to formalize the survey, hopefully allowing it to be administered to incoming freshmen and graduating seniors as a pre-post assessment.

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

As of 13 April 2024, the survey was distributed to 222 students, of which 41 responded, for a response rate of 18%.

Website URL where information about the sustainability literacy assessment is available:

Additional documentation to support the submission:

Data source(s) and notes about the submission:

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