Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 61.14
Liaison Jeff Spoelstra
Submission Date Feb. 28, 2019
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STARS v2.1

Western Michigan University
AC-6: Sustainability Literacy Assessment

Status Score Responsible Party
2.00 / 4.00 Jeff Spoelstra
Sustainability Coordinator
Office for 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::
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:

Graduate and undergraduate students worked with Office for Sustainability staff. The team reviewed existing surveys from other higher education institutions. A research-based custom survey was pilot-tested with Office employees.

The literacy assessment is the second part of the annual "Student Sustainability Survey" which includes a cultural assessment as well - reported in EN 6.

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

The online assessment was paired with the annual Student Sustainability Survey. The entire student body was invited to take the survey using advertisements across all standard university communication platforms. Minor prizes were offered and awarded to randomly selected participants.

There were 1828 participants (undergraduate and graduate students).

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

See uploaded questions with results above.

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

The Office for Sustainability researched, developed, and pilot tested our first WMU sustainability literacy assessment during the fall of 2013, and has continued conducting the assessment biennially.


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