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Sustainability Assistant Manager
Office of Sustainability
See attached document.
The literacy assessment was created by Office of Sustainability staff. We looked at similar assessments done by STARS peers as a starting point and then integrated our own specific TAMU questions. We combined the assessment of culture and literacy into one survey instrument.
We completed our first survey of the campus community during the Fall 2016 semester. This is an annual survey and we completed our first follow-up assessment during the Fall 2017 semester.
We worked with the Office of Institutional Effectiveness & Evaluation (experts in designing and deploying surveys for our campus community) to design and administer the survey. They used email to randomly sample a representative portion of the entire students population. The survey was sent as a qualtrics link to randomly selected campus members.
Results of the study are evaluated by Office of Sustainability Staff and are used to better understand areas of both strength and weakness in regards to sustainability literacy acquired during students time at the university.
Highlights from the 2016 survey include: In regards to defining sustainability and it's three core areas, 70.45% of students correctly identified social sustainability, 80.68% were able to identify economic sustainability, and 97.73% were able to identify environmental sustainability. 86.36% of our students identified green house gases correctly, and 68.94% of our students were able to correctly identify ways in which a person's carbon footprint could increase.
Highlights from the 2017 survey include: In regards to defining sustainability and it's three core areas, 49.36% of students correctly identified social sustainability, 74.36% were able to identify economic sustainability, and 91.67% were able to identify environmental sustainability. This shows a decline in understanding of sustainability from the 2016 survey. 81.41% of our students identified green house gases correctly, a decline from 2016. 70.09% of our students were able to correctly identify ways in which a person's carbon footprint could increase, which is higher than the 2016 results. 62.8% of students correctly identified steps to prepare for climate change. 79.29% of students correctly identified renewable sources of energy.
Not all participants who completed the survey answered all of the questions, which could lead to selection bias in some of the answers.
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.