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Core Commitments: Educating Students for Personal and Social Responsibility

AAC&U Publications on Personal and Social Responsibility

Promising Practices for Personal and Social Responsibility Promising Practices for Personal and Social Responsibility, by Nancy O'Neill

Promising Practices for Personal and Social Responsibility:
Findings from a National Research Collaborative

By Nancy O'Neill

Drawing on meetings of a distinguished group of educational researchers, this report highlights select national/multi-institutional data and major themes along five dimensions of personal and social responsibility. Download a free PDF.

Engaging Diverse Viewpoints

Engaging Diverse Viewpoints: What Is the Campus Climate for Perspective-Taking?
By Eric L. Dey and Associates

Engaging Diverse Viewpoints focuses on whether—and which—environments promote students' abilities to understand and be informed by perspectives that differ from their own. The report presents findings from a unique campus climate assessment tool—administered in 2007 to 24,000 students and 9,000 academic administrators, faculty, and student affairs professionals at twenty-three colleges and universities—that illuminate how these groups believe their campuses promote the importance of taking seriously the perspectives of others. This publication also addresses what aspects of the college experience promote engaging difference and appreciation for multiple perspectives. Ideal for on-campus and campus-community discussions about perspective-taking. Purchase a print copy or download a free PDF. Engaging Diverse Viewpoints is the third report from the Core Commitments initiative. The first two reports are Civic Responsibility: What Is the Campus Climate for Learning? and Developing a Moral Compass: What Is the Campus Climate for Ethics and Academic Integrity?

Developing a Moral Compass Developing a Moral Compass

Developing a Moral Compass: What Is the Campus Climate for Ethics and Academic Integrity?
By Eric L. Dey and Associates

Developing a Moral Compass focuses on whether—and how well—educational environments foster academic integrity and promote ethical responsibilities to self and others. The report presents findings from a unique campus climate assessment tool—administered in 2007 to 24,000 students and 9,000 academic administrators, faculty, and student affairs professionals at twenty-three colleges and universities—regarding opportunities for developing competence in ethical and moral reasoning and cultivating personal and academic integrity. Issues addressed in the publication include sources of support for students to discuss their moral and ethical challenges and the impact of academic honor codes. Purchase a print copy or download free PDF. The first report from the series, Civic Responsibility: What Is the Campus Climate for Learning? and a third report, Engaging Diverse Viewpoints: What is the Campus Climate for Perspective-Taking? are also available.

Civic Responsibility: What Is the Campus Climate for Learning? Civic Responsibility: What is the Campus Climate for Learning?

Civic Responsibility: What Is the Campus Climate for Learning?
By Eric L. Dey and Associates

How well is the academy meeting its civic purpose today? Civic Responsibility: What Is the Campus Climate for Learning? is the first of three research reports from AAC&U’s Core Commitments initiative. The monograph presents findings from a unique campus climate assessment tool—administered in 2007 to 24,000 students and 9,000 academic administrators, faculty, and student affairs professionals at twenty-three colleges and universities—and assesses the perceptions of these four constituent groups regarding campus opportunities for contributing to a larger community. The survey includes questions about the importance of civic learning, the degree to which students are encouraged to develop civic awareness and skills, and practices that advance students’ civic commitments. Purchase a print copy or download a free PDF. A second report, Developing a Moral Compass: What Is the Campus Climate for Ethics and Academic Integrity? was released in January 2010. A third report, Engaging Diverse Viewpoints: What is the Campus Climate for Perspective-Taking? was released in summer 2010.

Liberal Education and Effective Practice Strengthening the Foundations of Students' Excellence, Integrity, and Social Contribution

"Strengthening the Foundations of Students’ Excellence, Integrity, and Social Contribution"
Liberal Education,
Vol. 95, No. 1, Winter 2009

By Anne Colby and William M. Sullivan

In "Strengthening the Foundations of Students’ Excellence, Integrity, and Social Contribution," Colby and Sullivan challenge the widespread assumption that academic content knowledge and intellectual skills have nothing to do with ethical action and responsibility, and suggest that such an assumption is the reason for the general absence of education for personal and social responsibility on college campuses today. The authors argue that knowledge and criticism should be taught as means toward responsible engagement and that this can be accomplished best by addressing core developmental processes that underlie and tie together the five dimensions of personal and social responsibility that form the basis of AAC&U’s Core Commitments initiative.

Liberal Education: Educating for Personal and Social Responsibility Liberal Education: Educating for Personal and Social Responsibility

Educating for Personal and Social Responsibility
Liberal Education, Vol. 91, No. 3, Summer/Fall 2005

The theme of the summer/fall issue, “educating for personal and social responsibility,” explores the contribution of undergraduate education to student’s moral and ethical development. Included are the articles, “Fostering Personal and Social Responsibility on College and University Campuses,” by Richard H. Hersh and Carol Geary Schneider and “It Takes a Village: Academic Dishonesty and Educational Opportunity,” by Donald L. McCabe.

Further Readings in Personal and Social Responsibility

 

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