Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 59.34
Liaison Elizabeth MacKenzie
Submission Date July 24, 2018
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STARS v2.1

University of Iowa
AC-6: Sustainability Literacy Assessment

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 4.00 / 4.00 Lucie Laurian
Urban and Regional Planning
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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:
The entire survey is included in the attachment.

A brief description of how the literacy assessment was developed and/or when it was adopted:
The survey was developed in coordination with the School of Urban and Regional planning to assess undergraduate sustainability education at the University of Iowa, identify strengths and weaknesses, and provide a benchmark for tracking progress. While previous surveys had been administered, this iteration was first adopted 2016.

A brief description of how a representative sample was reached (if applicable) and how the assessment(s) were administered :
A simple random sample of 10% of undergraduate students was conducted. The survey was web-based and administered through e-mail, with gift certificate incentives for completion. The Fall of 2016 had a 16% response rate. The survey was again administered in the Fall of 2017 (at the time of filing, the results were still being compiled).

A brief summary of results from the literacy assessment(s), including a description of any measurable changes over time:
Several general conclusions were reached: -Students have limited enviromental sustainability knowledge -High level of interest in Sustainability; need to promote the Sustainability Certificate -Volunteering is a pathway to sustainable attitudes -Small-town, conservative, female students are the least knowledgeable about sustainability and could be a target of future outreach -Independent self-study should be encouraged as a means to improve sustainability knowledge; notable the SDLMI and a shift from lecture to outside-the-classroom learning.

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

Additional documentation to support the submission:

Data source(s) and notes about the submission:

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