Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 71.86
Liaison Nadia Harduar
Submission Date June 19, 2019
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University of Ontario Institute of Technology
AC-6: Sustainability Literacy Assessment

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 4.00 / 4.00 Nadia Harduar
Asset and Sustainability Planner
Office of Campus Infrastructure and 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)?:
Yes

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:

Ontario Tech Literacy Assessment Questions attached in document
Survey Participation Page: https://forms.gle/sS8KmXVQa5sWyFWM7


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

Collaboration at department level as well as feedback from provincial sustainability professionals group


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

Assessment and follow-up assessment were sent via Google Forms, circulated to student body representative sample of >500 students.
Our representative sample included students from all faculties, undergraduate and graduate, as the survey was sent out to all UOIT students.
The entire student body was sent both surveys and participants clarified which group they fall into (undergraduate/graduate) in the demographic questions. However no specific group was targetted in the distribution.
Timeframe: The timeframe to complete each survey was 2 weeks
Original survey was done first semester, occurring in November.
The follow up was done second semester.


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

November 2018 Results:

- 67.3 % of people had an understanding on the definition of sustainable development.
- 54.7% correctly answered that half the calories consumed by human population comes from corn, rice and wheat

April Survey Results:
o 63% of people had an understanding on the definition of sustainable development.
o Majority of people understood the potential side effects of global climate change
o 61.4% correctly answered that half the calories consumed by human population comes from corn, rice and wheat

In both surveys, majority of participants correctly identified renewable resources (trees and sunlight) and showed an understanding of biodiversity and potential effects of global climate change.


The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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