Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 50.16
Liaison Dr. Jill Wicknick
Submission Date Jan. 7, 2023

STARS v2.2

University of Montevallo
AC-6: Sustainability Literacy Assessment

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 4.00 Susan Caplow
Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies
Behavioral and Social Sciences
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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::
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::
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:
See attached file

A brief description of how the literacy assessment was developed and/or when it was adopted:
A group of students wrote a draft assessment as part of a class project for Principles of Sustainability. That draft was reworked and edited by Dr. Caplow and a student worker, and we also received feedback from the Director of Institutional Planning, Research, and Assessment. We delivered it in the Fall of 2021.

A brief description of how a representative sample was reached (if applicable) and how the assessment(s) were administered :
We sent the survey link to the entire student body and faculty/staff, and incentivized participation with a raffle.

A brief summary of results from the literacy assessment(s):
545 people finished a portion of the survey, with 368 completions. Slight majority of respondents were students. The majority of respondents had never taken a sustainability class, something we hope to correct in future iterations of the survey. Most students knew the answers to basic sustainability knowledge questions, but a couple of questions were tougher than others - and we found students could use a lot more education on how to be green at Montevallo, including how to recycle properly.

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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