Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 69.30
Liaison Dave Barbier
Submission Date May 14, 2018
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STARS v2.1

University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point
AC-6: Sustainability Literacy Assessment

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 4.00 / 4.00 Shelly Janowski
Sustainability Coordinator
Facility Services
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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::
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:

We reviewed sample literacy assessments posted in AASHE resources and wrote our own assessment so it was relevant to our university and state issues. We included both fact-based questions and value-based questions.

Upon reviewing results of the original survey, we took the questions that had the most incorrect answers and reworded them into new questions - our goal being to educate. We included many more value-based questions on subsequent surveys, as well as several questions very specific to our campus, for example we included questions specific to herbacide use, composting and sustainable transportation on campus, issues we are working on to improve.

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

All current students were sent the assessments via email and were asked to complete the survey within a two week period.
Our sample included ~26% responses from College of Letters & Science; ~26% College of Natural Resources; ~33% College of Professional Studies and ~10% from College of Fine Arts & Communication and undecided ~5%
Responses by education level: Freshman ~18%; Sophomores ~24%; Juniors ~26%; Seniors ~27%; graduate level students ~5%

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

We started to send surveys out to students in 2014 and have continued to send a survey out each spring. On our first survey, we received 1,035 responses of over 9,300 total students surveyed.
For the spring 2017 assessment, we received 605 responses.
We are most interested in responses that rate global sustainability concerns, that rank campus sustainability issues, and responses to sustainable transportation questions.

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

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