Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 65.58
Liaison Jim Walker
Submission Date March 2, 2020

STARS v2.2

University of Texas at Austin
AC-6: Sustainability Literacy Assessment

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 4.00 Jim Walker
Director of Sustainability, Financial, and Administrative Services
University Operations
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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::
A subset of students or a sample that may not be representative of the predominant student body

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 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 Office of Sustainability is administering the Student Attitudes Scale (SAS) as published by Dr. Adam Zwickle at Michigan State University in the Handbook of Sustainability and Social Science Research (https://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1007/978-3-319-67122-2_25). This assessment was chosen because there is published documentation of its efficacy at measuring sustainability knowledge. The cultural assessment questons and the sustainability knowledge questions were combined into a single survey.

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

The assessment was administered via an online Qualtrics survey. Students in environmental degree programs were targetted and the survey link was distributed by their professors via email at the start of the Spring 2020 semester. These professors have agreed to administer the survey to their students on an annual basis.

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

The assessment was completed by 42 undergraduate and 23 graduate students. The average knowledge score for undergraduate students was 85% correct answers and the average knowledge score for graduate students was 82% correct answers. "Post-test" data has not yet been collected.

Website URL where information about the sustainability literacy assessment is available:

Additional documentation to support the submission:

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