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January 20, 2010

Developing a Moral Compass: What Is the Campus Climate for Ethics and Academic Integrity?

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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. Ideal for on-campus and campus-community discussions about ethics and academic integrity, Developing a Moral Compass is the second report from the Core Commitments initiative. The first report, Civic Responsibility: What Is the Campus Climate for Learning? and the third report, Engaging Diverse Viewpoints: What Is the Campus Climate for Perspective-Taking? are both available now.