Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 65.84
Liaison Morgan Hartman
Submission Date Dec. 12, 2022

STARS v2.2

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

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 4.00 Morgan Hartman
Recycling Coordinator
"---" indicates that no data was submitted for this field

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:

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

The literacy assessment was developed in January of 2019 by the UNL Office of Sustainability based off of the literacy assessment of Colorado State University. It was administered and adopted in February of 2019.

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 Nebraska Bureau of Sociological Research to administer the survey via email. A random sample of 9,000 UNL faculty, staff, and students was used for this survey. Human resources provided the sample of 1,000 faculty members and 1,000 staff members. The University Registrar provided the sample of 2,677 on-campus students and 4,323 off-campus students. The faculty sample utilized a proportionate stratified sampling approach. The number of faculty from each college were selected based on their proportion of faculty overall. For staff, 500 office/services staff and 500 managerial/professional staff were sampled, so data could be analyzed by each type of staff. Four thousand undergraduate students and 3,000 graduate students were sampled to allow for results by student type. The proportion of on-campus students sampled was proportionate to the proportion of on-campus students for undergraduates and graduates respectively.

In total, 1,651 surveys were completed or partially completed by the end of the field period on March 12, 2019. The response rate of 18.3% was calculated using the American Association for Public Opinion Research’s (AAPOR) standard definition for Response Rate 2. Of the 9,000 people sampled, only 0.01% (n=1) were determined to be ineligible (i.e. was not a UNL student), 0.1% (n=13) refused (i.e. email stating refusal to participate, opening the survey without completing any questions, and unavailable during the field period), and 0.8% (n=72) were undeliverable email addresses (i.e. bounce backs). Please see Table 1 for faculty, staff, and student response rate breakouts.

A brief summary of results from the literacy assessment(s):

A few highlights from the survey are:
-93% want more recycling opportunities and education
-90% want to reduce greenhouse gas emissions
-88% want alternative modes of transportation

Top barriers to participating in sustainability:
-68% lack of time
-60% don't know what to do

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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