Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 65.21
Liaison Gary Cocke
Submission Date Sept. 11, 2019
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STARS v2.1

The University of Texas at Dallas
AC-6: Sustainability Literacy Assessment

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 4.00 / 4.00 Gary Cocke
Associate Director for Sustainability and Energy Conservation
Office of 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:
A brief description of how the literacy assessment was developed and/or when it was adopted:

The Office of Sustainability and Student Government Green Initiative developed the Literacy and Culture Sustainability Assessment during 2018 Summer session. Sustainability Literacy Surveys from other institutions were referenced to assist with developing questions, and new questions were developed in order to assess campus-specific sustainability knowledge. The literacy survey was developed so that it could be administered in early fall and late spring so that the longitudinal data would help to measure the effectiveness of efforts to increase sustainability literacy through education and events.


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

The survey was administered at in-person tabling events, through emails sent by college leadership within UTD's 8 colleges and through emails from the International Center. All students had equal opportunity to respond to the survey, so that the only anticipated bias is due to self-selective participation. Out of 28,755 students enrolled at The University of Texas at Dallas during the Fall 2018 Semester, 267 students participated in the survey. The sample size collected was unbiased and accurately reflected a representative sample of the University (according to AASHE STARS).

Out of 26,558 students enrolled at The University of Texas at Dallas during the Spring 2019 Semester, 142 students participated in the survey. The sample size collected was unbiased and accurately reflected a representative sample of the University (according to AASHE STARS).


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

When comparing the results between Fall 2018 and Spring 2019 Literacy Assessment, an average of 8% increase in correct answers was measured. This outcome demonstrates that education and events on campus were successful in increasing sustainability literacy.


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