Advancing Sustainability in Higher Education: New Directions for Institutional Research, Number 134
September 2007, Jossey-Bass
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1. The Sustainability Challenge (James Merkel, Larry Litten)
Institutional research brings critical skills and resources to institutions’ efforts to be sustainable and address the myriad challenges in creating sustainable societies.
2. The Business Case for Sustainability (Walt Freese)
Both corporations and universities can realize practical and ethical benefits from adopting sustainability programs.
3. The University Case for Sustainability (Lawrence Bacow, William Moomaw)
Generalizing from the corporate experience, the authors apply the concepts of sustainability to a university.
4. Metrics and Meaning for Environmental Sustainability (Gioia Thompson, Sarah Hammond Creighton)
Institutional research and sustainability offices need to collaborate in selecting a manageable set of indicators of environmental performance to monitor and report.
5. New Economic and Financial Indicators of Sustainability (James Pittman, Kevin Wilhelm)
Promoting the financial welfare of institutions and managing risk require new approaches to assessing the full costs of institutional operations.
6. Social Indicators of Sustainable Progress for Higher Education (Terry Link)
The well-being of an institution’s students, employees, and community constitute essential aspects of sustainable institutional progress.
7. Developing Educational Indicators That Will Guide Students and Institutions Toward a Sustainable Future (Bert Cohen)
Colleges and universities need to develop indicators of students’ understanding, values, and behavior regarding the challenges and solutions of sustainability.
8. Models and Resources for Advancing Sustainable Institutional and Societal Progress (Larry Litten, Dawn Geronimo Terkla)
This chapter directs institutional researchers to models of sustainability reporting and shows resources that will help them stay abreast of this rapidly developing area of institutional, national, and global concern.