Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 61.14
Liaison Jeff Spoelstra
Submission Date Feb. 28, 2019
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Western Michigan University
EN-6: Assessing Sustainability Culture

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Isaac Green
Special Projects Coordinator
Office for Sustainability
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Does the institution conduct an assessment of sustainability culture (i.e. the assessment focuses on sustainability values, behaviors and beliefs, and may also address awareness of campus sustainability initiatives)?:

Which of the following best describes the cultural assessment? The assessment is administered to::
The entire campus community (students, staff and faculty), directly or by representative sample

Which of the following best describes the structure of the cultural assessment? The assessment is administered::
Longitudinally to measure change over time

A brief description of how and when the cultural assessment(s) were developed and/or 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, and is distributed annually.

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

A copy or sample of the questions related to sustainability culture:
A sample of the questions related to sustainability culture or the website URL where the assessment tool is available:
A brief description of how representative samples were reached (if applicable) and how the cultural assessment is administered:

The survey is distributed to the entire student body every spring semester via email. They are given one month to complete the online survey. The average response rate is ~10-15% of the student body.

A brief summary of results from the cultural assessment, including a description of any measurable changes over time:

Assessment data is utilized in the short-term to shore up potential challenges that the student body has brought up. This annual check-in functions as a 'go/no-go' gate for our office. This feedback is rolled into our budget deliberations and we take all advice into account when determining sustainability directions on campus.

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

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