Date of Graduation

5-2013

Document Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Education in Workforce Development Education (EdD)

Degree Level

Graduate

Department

Rehabilitation, Human Resources and Communication Disorders

Advisor

Kit Kacirek

Committee Member

Jack Devore

Second Committee Member

Michael Miller

Third Committee Member

Kevin Rose

Fourth Committee Member

Ken Warden

Abstract

Environmental sustainability dominates the global conversation seeking to increase awareness and change the culture of thinking concerning the relationship between humans and the Earth. Because many universities offer programs relative to environmental sustainability, a need exists to understand why students pursue these programs. This study examined student motivation for pursuing an environmental sustainability minor in one institution of higher education. Career, learning, monetary, and social responsibility were the motivational factors considered in this study. The results of this study indicated significant differences among the motivational factors for pursuing a minor in sustainability among those students surveyed. Significant differences existed for female and male participants. Significant differences also existed based on the student's major program of study in the College of Agriculture, Food, and Life Sciences and the College of Arts and Sciences. A significant difference in motivational factors did not exist for students in the School of Architecture, the College of Business, or the College of Engineering.