Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 46.90
Liaison Hannes Gerhardt
Submission Date March 30, 2018
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STARS v2.1

University of West Georgia
AC-6: Sustainability Literacy Assessment

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 4.00 Hannes Gerhardt
Sustainability Director
Department of Geosciences
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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::
Standalone evaluation without a follow-up assessment of the same cohort or representative samples

A copy of the questions included in the sustainability literacy assessment(s):
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A sample of the questions included in the sustainability literacy assessment or the website URL where the assessment tool may be found:

1) Ozone depletion in the upper atmosphere is caused by

a) Air pollution
b) Global warming
c) Ocean acidification
d) Deforestation

2) Global warming is linked to too much _________ in the atmosphere.

a) Carbon
b) Nitrogen
c) Oxygen
d) Sulphur

3) Global warming is linked to

a) Melting glaciers
b) Rising sea levels
c) Changing weather patterns
d) All of the above

4) People have pretty much the same impact on the environment, regardless of where they come from or what they do.

a) True
b) False

6) Increased land use by humans is linked to the mass extinction of plants and animals due to habitat loss.

a) True
b) False

7) The cause for global warming and ocean acidification are essentially the same.

a) True
b) False

8) Most climate scientists believe global warming is linked to human activity, such as burning fossil fuels for energy and transportation.

a) True
b) False


A brief description of how the literacy assessment was developed and/or when it was adopted:

The literacy assessment was created by the Director of Sustainability and was incorporated into an online module that has been made a part of the first-year experience courses at UWG in 2016. Most incoming freshmen take these courses, so most will have taken the sustainability literacy test.


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

The sample is representative as it includes most incoming freshmen, regardless of major or incoming test scores (everyone taking the UWG 1101 course). There are some alternatives to taking this course, but the decision to not take it cannot be linked to any particular type of student.


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

The literacy assessment is taken after the students participated in a short online module about sustainability. The assessment revealed basic understanding of key sustainability issues after taking part in the module. Follow up with more in depth instruction would probably be needed to bring deeper understanding to these issues.


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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