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Character Traits Associated with the Five Dimensions of Personal and Social Responsibility

Core Commitments emphasizes five dimensions of personal and social responsibility that describe developmentally appropriate goals for students in college:

Five Dimensions

  1. Striving for excellence: developing a strong work ethic and consciously doing one’s very best in all aspects of college;
  2. 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;
  3. Contributing to a larger community: recognizing and acting on one’s responsibility to the educational community and the wider society, locally, nationally, and globally;
  4. 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;
  5. 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.

Character Traits

Find detailed lists of character traits associated with the five dimensions here.