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The Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System™ (STARS) is a transparent, self-reporting framework for colleges and universities to measure their sustainability performance.

Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 56.68
Liaison Jeanne Gulnick
Submission Date July 18, 2017
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STARS v2.1

Saint Joseph's College - ME
AC-6: Sustainability Literacy Assessment

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 4.00 / 4.00 Jeanne Gulnick
Assistant Professor/Campus Sustainability Coordinator
Natural Sciences
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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)?:
Yes

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

Developed by Environmental Science faculty, informed by surveys of peer institutions. Adopted Fall of 2016.


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

Assessment has been administered using our learning management system to students enrolled in Ecology and the Environmental Challenge (ES 300) at the start and end of the course. The ES 300 course is a required core course for all students in the campus program, thus reaching the entire student body of on-campus students at some point in their undergraduate career. The assessment is also administered to all online undergraduate students in the equivalent ES 100 course. Graduate online students may not all be reached by the sustainability literacy assessment, but the predominance of full time equivalent students are assessed through the ES 300 and ES 100 required courses.


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

From the first iteration (results from one cohort fall 2016), modest improvement in scores post-ES 300 (15% higher scores, from approximately 60% to 75%).


The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
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Additional documentation to support the submission:
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The information presented here is self-reported. While AASHE staff review portions of all STARS reports and institutions are welcome to seek additional forms of review, the data in STARS reports are not verified by AASHE. If you believe any of this information is erroneous or inconsistent with credit criteria, please review the process for inquiring about the information reported by an institution and complete the Data Inquiry Form.