Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 73.04
Liaison Troy Goodnough
Submission Date March 30, 2018
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University of Minnesota, Morris
AC-6: Sustainability Literacy Assessment

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 4.00 / 4.00 Troy Goodnough
Sustainability Director
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:

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

We surveyed the public domain for questions used by other schools and selected questions we believed would work well for our institution. We also created some new questions that were more directly related to our location in Minnesota.

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

We send the sustainability literacy assessment to all incoming freshman and graduating seniors. In this way, we survey the entire student body at intervals that allow for comparison.

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

We receive both quantitative and qualitative information from the sustainability literacy assessment. In general, we have learned that students are increasing their sustainability literacy via classes, engagement with fellow students, internships, and specific mentors.

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

Additional documentation to support the submission:

Example of email sent to graduating seniors:

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Troy Goodnough <good0044@morris.umn.edu>
Date: Thu, May 11, 2017 at 11:37 AM
Subject: Don't forget! Please, take the UMM Sustainability Literacy Assessment survey! Help improve our sustainability education at Morris!
To: ummcommencement@lists.umn.edu

Dear graduate,

Congratulations on (nearly) completing your studies at the University of Minnesota, Morris!

We are sending you this note in the hope that you will help us by completing the Sustainability Literacy Assessment (SLA) linked below.

The SLA is a questionnaire containing 20 multiple choice and two short answer questions that are designed to determine the effectiveness of courses and co-curricular programming in regards to educating students about sustainability.

By completing the SLA you will help UMM improve its curricula and programming so that the students following in your footsteps will have the best experience and education possible. Thank you for participating in the SLA and for helping to improve our educational efforts at UMM.

The SLA can be accessed by clicking on the following link: MORRIS SUSTAINABILITY LITERACY ASSESSMENT 2017


Troy Goodnough

Sustainability Director | Office of Sustainability | morris.umn.edu/sustainability

Welcome Center 207, 600 East 4th Street, Morris, MN 56267

University of Minnesota, Morris | morris.umn.edu

good0044@morris.umn.edu | 320-589-6303

Clement Loo

Assistant Professor | Environmental Studies | morris.umn.edu/academics/environmentalstudies

Coordinator | Sustainability Leadership for the Future

Student Center 10c, 600 East 4th Street, Morris, MN 56267

University of Minnesota, Morris | morris.umn.edu

cloo@morris.umn.edu | 320-589-6204

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