Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 53.27
Liaison Prabhakar Shrestha
Submission Date Feb. 20, 2018
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STARS v2.1

University of Nebraska - Lincoln
AC-6: Sustainability Literacy Assessment

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 4.00 Cale Brodersen
Graduate Assistant
UNL 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::
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 literacy assessment was developed in January of 2016 by the UNL Office of Sustainability based off of the literacy assessment of Colorado State University. It was administered and adopted in February of 2016.

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

The UNL Office of Sustainability partnered with the Center for Civic Engagement to administer the survey. In order to get a representative sample of the entire student population, 5000 students were randomly selected and e-mailed the survey. Of those, 478 students took the survey that consisted of 41 questions.

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

A few highlights from the survey are:
-92% of students recognize that the human population has a great or considerable impact on the earth's resources
-88% of respondents were able to correctly define carbon footprint
-51% of students understood that reducing consumption was the best way to reduce one's carbon impact (over recycling and reusing)

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

Additional documentation to support the submission:

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