Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 45.05
Liaison Daniela Beall
Submission Date Nov. 6, 2017
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STARS v2.1

University of Wisconsin-Green Bay
AC-6: Sustainability Literacy Assessment

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 4.00 John Arendt
Director of EMBI
Environmental Management and Business Institute
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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)?:

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):

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:

As our new General Education program rolled out in fall 2014, it was important to also have an assessment plan in place. The plan will allow us to assess the new Gen Ed program to ensure students are meeting benchmarks for student learning outcomes.

General Education assessment has three main goals:
1.Make the assessment process meaningful and useful.

2.Make the process of assessment as streamlined as possible for those involved.

3.Engage faculty in the process to help support a culture of assessment on our campus.

What is the process by which General Education will be assessed?

Learning outcomes will be assessed on a staggered, rotating schedule. Each outcome will be assessed for two consecutive years, for the first five years of the plan, with two new outcomes rotated in each year.

Assessment tools for each outcome will be developed by faculty working groups. Working groups in the summer of 2014 developed tools for assessment of the Quantitative Literacy and Sustainability outcomes. Working groups will continue to meet each spring and summer until all tools are developed. Assessment tools may take the form of inventories, prompts, or other means deemed appropriate by the working group. Working groups will establish performance benchmarks for each tool as a part of the development process.

Five Year Assessment Schedule

•Quantitative Literacy

•Social Sciences
•First Year Seminar
•Quantitative Literacy

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

Using the 10 year plan, the Director of Institutional Research will select courses in each of the areas being assessed in a given year. For areas in which students need to fulfill 3 Gen Ed credits we will assess three courses per semester (180 students per year), while in those areas that require 6 Gen Ed credits we will assess five courses per semester (300 students per year). The courses will be selected to include different delivery type and size courses.

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

Since the assessment begun in 2014-2015, we have seen improvement in the categories of "Recognizes the complexity and multi-­‐faceted nature of sustainability" and "Integrates sustainability and social responsibility."



The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:

Additional documentation to support the submission:

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