Since the mid-1970s, a series of international declarations that link environment and sustainable development to all aspects of higher learning have been endorsed and signed by universities around the world. Although university involvement in sustainable-development research and outreach has increased substantially, systematic learning from higher-education engagements has been limited.

Universities and the Sustainable Development Future offers institutions of higher learning around the world practical guidelines that can be applied contextually to produce credible evidence regarding the outcome and impact of their teaching, research, and transnational-partnering activities. Drawing on innovative applications of lessons from experience with international-development cooperation, this book demonstrates the utility of a flexible framework that will inspire substantial improvements in the ways universities evaluate and improve their sustainable-development undertakings aimed at promoting Agenda 2030.

This book promotes an inclusive evaluation framework that will allow universities to illuminate sustainable-development outcomes, and it provides a cutting-edge resource for students, scholars, and policy makers with an interest in sustainable development, climate change, and evaluation challenges.

chapter |24 pages


part I|52 pages

The role of today’s universities in advancing sustainable development

part II|31 pages

Universities and sustainable-development evaluations

part III|139 pages

Framework for enhanced university sustainable-development evaluations

chapter 5|24 pages

Evaluations that Matter

Universities and sustainable-development transitions

chapter 6|24 pages

Curricular Evaluations That Matter

chapter 7|11 pages

Research Evaluations that Matter

chapter 8|22 pages

Outreach Evaluations that Matter

part IV|23 pages

Sustainable development and enhanced university process, outcome, and impact evaluations

chapter 12|10 pages


Evaluation and higher-education contributions to the 2030 Agenda