|Submission Date||April 30, 2014|
University of Texas at Austin
AC-6: Sustainability Literacy Assessment
Program Coordinator, Academics
Office of Sustainability
The percentage of students assessed for sustainability literacy (directly or by representative sample) and for whom a follow-up assessment is conducted:
The percentage of students assessed for sustainability literacy (directly or by representative sample) without a follow-up assessment:
A copy of the questions included in the sustainability literacy assessment(s):
The questions included in the sustainability literacy assessment(s) :
A brief description of how the assessment(s) were developed:
UT Austin's Environmental Science Degree Program (EVS) administers a pre- and post- survey to students in its UGS 303:Sustaining a Planet (UGS 303) and EVS 311: Field Seminar in Sustainability. The survey was developed by the director of the EVS program with input from other teaching faculty in the program.
A brief description of how the assessment(s) were administered:
The purpose of this survey is to assess students' interest and background in the topics to be covered in the course. The same survey is administered again at the end of the course to compare to the initial results. The results from this survey are not used in any way to assess students' individual performance in the course; however, it is required that they complete the survey before the start of the course.
A brief summary of results from the assessment(s):
Data from the survey have yet to be fully analyzed but are intended to inform and refine future curricula development efforts for the degree.
The website URL where information about the literacy assessment(s) is available:
UT Austin participates in the Student Engagement in the Research University (SERU), a census survey of the university's undergraduate population. UT Austin added a sustainability-module as part of its SERU wildcard section in 2013. These questions are culture-based (rather than knowledge-based), so therefore do not meet the criteria for this credit, but provide data on students' experience and perception of sustainability on campus.
The information presented here is self-reported. While AASHE staff review portions of all STARS reports and institutions are welcome to seek additional forms of review, the data in STARS reports are not verified by AASHE. If you believe any of this information is erroneous or inconsistent with credit criteria, please review the process for inquiring about the information reported by an institution and complete the Data Inquiry Form.