Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 65.21
Liaison Gary Cocke
Submission Date Sept. 11, 2019
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The University of Texas at Dallas
EN-6: Assessing Sustainability Culture

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Gary Cocke
Associate Director for Sustainability and Energy Conservation
Office of Sustainability
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Does the institution conduct an assessment of sustainability culture (i.e. the assessment focuses on sustainability values, behaviors and beliefs, and may also address awareness of campus sustainability initiatives)?:
Yes

Which of the following best describes the cultural assessment? The assessment is administered to::
The entire campus community (students, staff and faculty), directly or by representative sample

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 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 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 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 cultural assessment, including a description of any measurable changes over time:

When comparing the results between Fall 2018 and Spring 2019 Culture Assessment, certain differences were noted.

1. The percentage of students who take pride in attending a school that values sustainability increased 5%.
2. The percentage of students that believe UT Dallas values sustainability dropped by 19%.
3. The percentage of students that believe the studies at UT Dallas is preparing them for a career related to sustainability dropped by 23%.
4. The percentage of students interested in becoming more involved in sustainability at UT Dallas increased 14%.


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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