Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Sustainability in higher education through the perspective of CSU campus presidents
by Christov, Ellie, Ed.D., California State University, Long Beach, 2016, 215; 10118906
Abstract (Summary)

Institutions of Higher Education (IHEs) play a central role in global efforts toward environmental sustainability. With 23 campuses, the California State University (CSU) is the largest higher education system in the world. The CSU graduates over 100,000 students annually and significantly contributes to developing the workforce of the state and the country, which underlines the vast opportunity for the CSU system to influence culture change toward sustainability within California and beyond. This qualitative research study focused on CSU campus presidents because previous research has demonstrated the important role IHE leaders play on their campuses by setting a vision, establishing priorities, and allocating funding. This study aimed to investigate the 23 CSU campus presidents’ perspectives on sustainability in higher education. The semi-structured interview protocol explored how the presidents understood environmental sustainability, how they viewed the role of IHEs generally and the CSU system in particular in efforts toward sustainability, how they viewed their role as president, and what they perceived as barriers and enhancers to sustainability efforts on campus.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Portnoi, Laura
Commitee: Conoley, Jane C., Gustin, Libby
School: California State University, Long Beach
Department: Educational Leadership
School Location: United States -- California
Source: DAI-A 77/11(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Sustainability, Higher education
Keywords: Campus, Leadership, Presidents, Sustainability
Publication Number: 10118906
ISBN: 9781339802237
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