Framework for sustainability analysis for higher education institutions: Application in a case study

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This study analyzed the sustainable activities of a higher education institution, considering its economic, social and environmental dimensions (triple bottom line), from the application of a new framework of analysis. Therefore, we chose to use the case study methodology, held in an HEI, the University of Fortaleza (Unifor), selected as a case for this research by the various awards received in recent years for its targeted actions and projects for sustainability . The sources used include HEI data, documentary evidence related to the university, and semi-structured interviews conducted with vice-deans, directors and heads of university divisions, and the data organized and analyzed with the aid of analysis software of qualitative data NVivo (version 10) and the application of the content analysis technique. As a result, the highlights in terms of major sustainable capacity were the activities related to the economic consequences of activities, social responsibility projects and relationships with stakeholders. In contrast, the activities within the environmental dimension, environmental management and environmental education, had the lowest level of development with sustainable capacity. Thus, the implementation of the new framework of analysis has highlighted the university’s actual development stage around their sustainable activities, highlighting such a framework as an alternative to analysis frameworks already developed in this area.



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Machado, D. de Q., Matos, F. R. N., Sena, A. M. C. de, & Ipiranga, A. S. R. (2016). Framework for sustainability analysis for higher education institutions: Application in a case study. Education Policy Analysis Archives, 24, 115.
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Diego de Queiroz Machado, Universidade de Fortaleza - UNIFOR

Doutorando do Programa de Pós-Graduação em Administração da Universidade de Fortaleza - UNIFOR

Fátima Regina Ney Matos, Universidade Potiguar Instituto de Educação Superior Miguel Torga

Professora auxiliar do Instituto Superior Miguel Torga (ISMT), em Coimbra, e professora titular da Universidade Potiguar (UnP). Doutora em Administração pela Universidade Federal de Pernambuco (UFPE).

Augusto Marcos Carvalho de Sena, Universidade de Fortaleza - UNIFOR e Universidade Federal do Ceará - UFC

Professor titular do Programa de Pós-Graduação em Administração de Empresas da Universidade de Fortaleza (Unifor) e professor associado IV do Departamento de Economia Aplicada da Universidade Federal do Ceará (UFC). Ph.D. em Economia pela University of New Hampshire, EUA.

Ana Silvia Rocha Ipiranga, Universidade Estadual do Ceará - UECE

Professora adjunta da Universidade Estadual do Ceará (UECE). Doutora em Psicologia do Trabalho e da Organização pela Università Alma Mater Studiorum di Bologna, na Itália, e Pós-Doutora em Administração pela EBAPE-FVG.


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