Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 60.52
Liaison Lindsey MacDonald
Submission Date March 1, 2019
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STARS v2.1

Western Washington University
AC-6: Sustainability Literacy Assessment

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 4.00 / 4.00 Seth Vidaña
Director of Sustainability
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::
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:

Sustainability Literacy Assessment had its beginning in the Office of Sustainability as an effort to evaluate the effects of educational programs administered by the office. "Literacy Assessment" had an objective to not only measure knowledge about issues, but also habits, behaviors and personal beliefs. Note, all survey questions, including knowledge/"right-wrong" questions, can be found by selecting the "select a question" pull down menu from the link provided above. The questionnaire was later taken over by students in Campus Sustainability Planning Class, who worked on narrowing down and polishing the language of the questions. First pilot run of the survey was executed in the Spring 2015 as well as Fall 2015 (two different cohorts) but did not prove success due to poor response rates. In Spring 2016, the questionnaire was added to the university wide WELS - Western Educational Longitudinal Study administered by research professionals. This assessment will continue to be included as part of WELS in order to provide long-run feedback on Office of Sustainability's educational efforts.

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

The Office of Survey Research which administers the survey sets a target for an appropriate representative sample of each cohort, sends e-mails to the students then follows up with calls and e-mails until the target is reached.

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

Since the survey study has only been incepted in the spring of 2016, no longitudinal results can be extracted. However, we've found that a majority of the both: 2nd year and 4th year, students have a general understanding of environmental, social and economic issues.

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

Additional documentation to support the submission:

Data source(s) and notes about the submission:

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