Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 71.94
Liaison Dennis Cochrane
Submission Date Dec. 19, 2017
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STARS v2.1

Virginia Tech
AC-6: Sustainability Literacy Assessment

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 4.00 Karlee Siepierski
Campus Sustainability Planner
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)?:

Which of the following best describes the literacy assessment? The assessment is administered to::
A subset of students or a sample that may not be representative of the predominant student body

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:

See attached document

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

From Sulitest.org: "The idea that drove the creation of Sulitest is that, in order to address the social, economical and environmental challenges the World is currently facing, and in order to build a sustainable future, all current and future decision makers urgently need to improve their knowledge, skills and mindset on Sustainable Development. Our vision is to develop Sustainability Literacy worldwide and empower engaged and committed global citizen to make informed and responsible decisions, and collectively build a sustainable future.Our mission is to improve Sustainability Literacy worldwide by providing citizens and organizations with internationally recognized and locally relevant tools to engage learning and to collect meaningful indicators on the awareness of sustainability challenges and solutions. Sharing these indicators may allow researchers, educators and other relevant stakeholders to tailor pedagogical approaches and learning experiments to support Education for Sustainable Development."

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

To begin using and implementing Sulitest at Virginia Tech, we started administering the sustainability literacy test to our Student Sustainability Interns in the fall of 2016. To date, we have administered the test to two intern cohorts, and plan to use the data collected to present to academic departments on adopting the literacy test.

To follow up the literacy assessment, the Campus Sustainability Planner conducts learning sessions focused on the UN Sustainable Development Goals to further the interns' knowledge and tie the literacy assessment into the work they do both in the internship and in their academics.

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

Thus far, we only have results from two tests, and therefore do not have any measurable results at this time.

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

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