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

STARS v2.2

University of Texas at Austin
EN-6: Assessing Sustainability Culture

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.50 / 1.00
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Does the institution conduct an assessment of sustainability culture?:

Which of the following best describes the cultural assessment? The assessment is administered to::
A subset of the campus community or a sample that may not be representative of the entire community

Which of the following best describes the structure of the cultural assessment? The assessment is administered::
Longitudinally to measure change over time

A brief description of how and when the cultural assessment(s) were developed and/or 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 attitudes across ecological, economic, and social domains using a small number of questions. The cultural assessment questons and the sustainability knowledge questions were combined into a single survey.

A copy or sample of the questions related to sustainability culture:
A sample of the questions related to sustainability culture or the website URL where the assessment tool is available:
A brief description of how representative samples were reached (if applicable) and how the cultural assessment is 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 cultural assessment:

The SAS assessment was completed by 42 undergraduate and 23 graduate students. Each SAS question was set to a 1-Strongly Disagree, to 6-Strongly Agree, scale. Students with a higher "score" more strongly agreed with the sustainability attitudes. The average overall sustainability attitude score for undergraduate students was 5.7 and the average attitude score for graduate students was 5.5. "Post-test" data has not yet been collected.

Website URL where information about the assessment of sustainability culture is available:

Additional documentation to support the submission:

Data source(s) and notes about the submission:

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