Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 66.00
Liaison Jonna Korpi
Submission Date Nov. 4, 2019
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STARS v2.1

University of Minnesota, Duluth
AC-6: Sustainability Literacy Assessment

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 4.00 Ken Gilbertson
Associate Professor
Center for Environmental Education
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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)?:
Yes

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 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:

The survey consisted of 76 items assessing knowledge, attitudes, and behaviors around sustainability, and was developed by Dr. Lara LaCaille (Psychology) and Dr. Ken Gilbertson (Environmental Education) during the 2016 academic year.


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

The survey was sent out via email (CampusLabs Baseline platform) to 3,600 UMD students and 609 employees in September 2016.

We got 572 responses, with 439 complete surveys. The employee response rate was 32.0% and the student response rate = 10.4%.


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

Knowledge scores could range from 0 to 20
 Mean score = 13.1 (4.2)

Next steps for follow-up assessment will be to:
 Assess psychometric properties of survey
 Further assess results
 Revise survey
 Consider additional ways to assess outcomes other than self-report


The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
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Additional documentation to support the submission:

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