ERIC Number: ED350970
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Jul
Reference Count: N/A
The Leadership Compass. Values and Ethics in Higher Education. ERIC Digest.
Wilcox, John R.; Ebbs, Susan L.
This brief report summarizes a longer document with the same title. It explains that institutions of higher education have a moral responsibility as disseminators of knowledge to foster proper values and ethical thinking in its students for the well-being of society. The collegiate ethos, the practices and customs of the institution, are important in fostering responsibility for individual and social welfare. The scholar's role is crucial because of his or her power to define reality for and exercise control over society in general and students in particular. Often ethical problems exist due to the competing needs of the various roles inherent in the scholar, involving teaching, discovery, application, and integration. To assist in dealing with these problems, the institution itself must take a leadership role by: properly formulating mission statements based on ethical practices and concerns; fostering collaboration among all faculty, administrators, staff, and students to work with the values necessary for institutional effectiveness and overall integrity; and employing the use of models of ethical decision making. The academic environment must foster the importance of human dignity, nourishment of growth and achievement, and respect of others. Such an environment is defined as a learning community. Contains 10 references. (GLR)
Descriptors: Colleges, Educational Environment, Educational Responsibility, Ethical Instruction, Faculty College Relationship, Higher Education, Institutional Mission, Institutional Role, Leadership, Moral Values, Role Conflict, Role of Education, Social Environment, Student School Relationship, Universities
Publications Department, ASHE-ERIC Higher Education Reports, The George Washington University, One Dupont Circle, Suite 630, Washington, DC 20036-1186 ($1).
Publication Type: ERIC Publications; Reports - General; ERIC Digests in Full Text
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Practitioners
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Higher Education, Washington, DC.; George Washington Univ., Washington, DC. School of Education and Human Development.
Identifiers: ERIC Digests
Note: For the full length report, see ED 347 955.