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Avaliação: Revista da Avaliação da Educação Superior (Campinas)
Print version ISSN 1414-4077
BRANDLI, Luciana Londero et al. Evaluation of the presence of environmental sustainability in the education of undergraduate programs at the University of Passo Fundo. Avaliação (Campinas) [online]. 2012, vol.17, n.2, pp. 433-454. ISSN 1414-4077. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S1414-40772012000200008.
Higher Education Institutions (HEI's) are becoming more and more responsible for disseminating changes in favor of sustainability, either through teaching, research, extension or its form of operation, and it has therefore become necessary to evaluate the effectiveness of these changes, so that these HEI's may act as models to other institutions. The AISHE is a device developed specifically to evaluate environmental sustainability in HEI's and it is through this kind of methodology, based on indicators, that it is possible to affirm if the adopted practices are indeed effective. This article presents the application of this tool at the University of Passo Fundo. The research followed these steps: adaptation of the method, application of the tool to coordinators, students and teachers, building of graphs, calculation of median and results analysis. The results showed significant differences between the programs, demonstrating a lack of strategic and managerial vision on the part of the university. On the other hand, there are criteria that could be evaluated more positively for all, if there were a university plan that defined for the programs ways to enhance their environmental sustainability. In this way the existence of an environmental policy and management becomes necessary for sustainability to be effectively inserted in the institution´s teaching programs.
Keywords : Sustainable development; AISHE; Universities; Education.