Educating Students for Personal and Social Responsibility
Core Commitments emphasizes five dimensions of personal and social responsibility that describe developmentally appropriate goals for students in college:
- Striving for excellence: developing a strong work ethic and consciously doing one’s very best in all aspects of college;
- Cultivating personal and academic integrity: recognizing and acting on a sense of honor, ranging from honesty in relationships to principled engagement with a formal academic honors code;
- Contributing to a larger community: recognizing and acting on one’s responsibility to the educational community and the wider society, locally, nationally, and globally;
- Taking seriously the perspectives of others: recognizing and acting on the obligation to inform one’s own judgment; engaging diverse and competing perspectives as a resource for learning, citizenship, and work;
- Developing competence in ethical and moral reasoning and action: developing ethical and moral reasoning in ways that incorporate the other four responsibilities; using such reasoning in learning and in life.
While these five dimensions do not encompass all aspects of
ethical responsibility to self and others, they offer a compelling claim as the initial focus for a widespread reengagement with issues of personal and social responsibility.
Find detailed lists of character traits associated with the five dimensions here.