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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 Gold
Overall Score 75.27
Liaison Katie Lavin
Submission Date Jan. 28, 2016
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STARS v2.0

Sterling College (VT)
AC-6: Sustainability Literacy Assessment

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 4.00 / 4.00 John Zaber
Outdoor Education
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The percentage of students assessed for sustainability literacy (directly or by representative sample) and for whom a follow-up assessment is conducted:

The percentage of students assessed for sustainability literacy (directly or by representative sample) without a follow-up assessment:

A copy of the questions included in the sustainability literacy assessment(s):
The questions included in the sustainability literacy assessment(s) :

A brief description of how the assessment(s) were developed:

The assessments were developed as a way to explore the concepts of sustainability, land use, and conservation within the immediate region. This would be the ground floor for students to consider these issues in larger communities or communities they would live in after graduation.

A brief description of how the assessment(s) were administered:

During "A Sense of Place," which is a requirement for graduation, students write an initial essay that discusses place (including ecology, community, and sustainability). To successfully pass the course, students must write a 4-5 page paper about the relationships between human communities and the ecosystems of the greater Craftsbury area. Students will be assessed as to how well they understand local ecosystems, sustainability practices, as well as the impacts of local businesses, farms, food systems, and communities.

+ Date Revised: March 3, 2016

A brief summary of results from the assessment(s):

All students must pass A Sense of Place as a requirement for graduation. The Bioregional Inquiry Project is referred to throughout the student's career and he or she continues further reflection of the sustainability literacy as the student studies other communities.

The website URL where information about the literacy assessment(s) is available:

A Sense of Place is offered both Fall semester and Spring semester, so all students are able to complete the Bioregional Inquiry Project.

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.