Undergraduate and graduate student presentations from the Department of Educational Administration and Foundations, 2021 Online University Research Symposium, Illinois State University
The Influence Of Academic Majors, Classification, And Environmental Awareness On Students' Sustainable Behaviors
Using standard multiple linear regression, this study examines predictors of sustainable behaviors among students (n= 802) at Illinois State University (ISU). Hypothesized predictors are: (a) student majors, (b) student classification, and (c) environmental awareness. The regression analysis shows the overall regression model to be significant (F[3,798]= 32.95, p < .001), explaining 11% of the variance in sustainable behaviors. The results indicate environmental awareness has the strongest influence on the sustainable behavioral intention of undergraduate students, followed by student classification and majors (βeaw = .29, p < .001; βsc = .11, p = .001; βsm = .02, p = .523) Consistent with previous studies, this study demonstrates that students with higher levels of environmental awareness tend to show higher levels of sustainable behaviors. However, student classification and majors seem to have minimal impact on sustainable behaviors. The results of this study illustrate the importance of understanding factors that influence students’ sustainable behaviors and suggest that college and university administrators should further emphasize sustainability education strategies in order to increase environmental awareness of college students.