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Sustainable development goals: a framework for deploying indicators for higher education institutions

Juliane Sapper Griebeler (Graduate Program in Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Passo Fundo, Passo Fundo, Brazil)
Luciana Londero Brandli (Graduate Program in Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Passo Fundo, Passo Fundo, Brazil)
Amanda Lange Salvia (Graduate Program in Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Passo Fundo, Passo Fundo, Brazil)
Walter Leal Filho (European School of Sustainability Science and Research, Hamburg University of Applied Sciences, Hamburg, Germany)
Giovana Reginatto (Graduate Program in Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Passo Fundo, Passo Fundo, Brazil)

International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education

ISSN: 1467-6370

Article publication date: 8 September 2021

Issue publication date: 26 April 2022

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Abstract

Purpose

This paper aims to analyse the extent to which the sustainable development goals (SDGs) are being considered at higher education institutions (HEIs) and propose and test the possible acceptance of a list of indicators to evaluate the contribution of HEIs to the SDGs.

Design/methodology/approach

The methodology consisted of the collection of indicators of sustainable development based on the existing bibliography. Afterwards, a set of indicators related to the SDGs were selected, based on the most frequent SDGs’ expressions found in the selected indicators. A sample of researchers was also asked to indicate to which extent this set of indicators is perceived as relevant.

Findings

The results indicated an initial list with 432 indicators, of which 268 were selected for having at least one of the keywords searched for, related to the SDG descriptions and targets. Thus, redundant indicators were excluded and, when necessary, indicators were aggregated, resulting in a final list of 61 indicators.

Originality/value

The set of indicators resulted from this analysis was considered appropriate to evaluate the contribution of HEIs towards the SDGs, demonstrating that it might not be necessary to create new indicators for that purpose.

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Citation

Griebeler, J.S., Brandli, L.L., Salvia, A.L., Leal Filho, W. and Reginatto, G. (2022), "Sustainable development goals: a framework for deploying indicators for higher education institutions", International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education, Vol. 23 No. 4, pp. 887-914. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJSHE-03-2021-0088

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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