Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 54.76
Liaison Jamie Greiner
Submission Date March 22, 2021
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STARS v2.1

University of Mount Union
AC-6: Sustainability Literacy Assessment

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 4.00 / 4.00 Jamie Greiner
Sustainability and Campus Outreach Manager
Nature Center
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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:

See attached Assessment above.

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

The assessment was developed by the Education Sub-committee of our Sustainability Management Advisory Committee (SMAC) and then was reviewed by the committee at large.

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

The assessment is administered as a Student Survey that goes out to all students in our Daily News (UMUToday). Class year is recorded; allowing us to compare Freshman and Senior responses. Because we are surveying the entire campus, and not just a department or discipline, the results are representative. The survey was first administered in Fall 2012 to all Freshman (graduation year 2016) and has continued to this day. In the Fall of 2015 this survey also began to be administered to all Seniors. The results received from when students are Freshman can now be compared to their results as Seniors to gauge any shifts/changes over 4 years.

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

Students have a general idea about the meaning and breadth of sustainability but they are not yet fully committed to major lifestyle changes. The comparison of Freshman to Senior shows slightly more understanding about sustainability concepts, however, results are not statistically significant.

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

Additional documentation to support the submission:

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