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ERIC Number: ED566207
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Pages: 160
Abstractor: As Provided
ISBN: 978-1-3037-2688-0
Motivators of University and College Leaders in the Integration of Sustainable Practices
Peterson, John J.
ProQuest LLC, Ph.D. Dissertation, Keiser University
Today, as our society faces economic and environmental crises, educational institutions occupy a strategic position to assist in solving these predicaments, by carrying out research and offering teaching in sustainability literacy. However, only a small portion of the total number of colleges and universities in the United States has fully pledged their educational organizations to environmental and sustainability practice and literacy. The purpose of this mixed method study was to examine what motivated and influenced university and college leadership to support sustainability by evaluating answers given to a survey questionnaire. Guided by the Theory of Transformational Leadership as its theoretical framework, this study examined the implementation of changes in college and universities to establish a more sustainable environment. The following questions guided this study: What are the perceptions of sustainable development by university and college members with a leadership role who accept sustainability in teaching and practice; what are the drivers motivating university and college members with a leadership role to support sustainability. This study applied a mixed method with a primarily quantitative approach. Today, as the research results demonstrated, innovative educational leadership is making changes toward sustainability happen, as leaders renew their institution's culture. The literature reviewed and the research performed by this dissertation have clearly shown the need for an educational leadership engaged in organizational decisions on sustainable development, which will assist solving economic and ecological problems affecting the United States and the world. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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