ERIC Number: ED347955
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992
The Leadership Compass: Values and Ethics in Higher Education. ASHE-ERIC Higher Education Report No. 1, 1992.
Wilcox, John R.; Ebbs, Susan L.
Because colleges and universities create and disseminate knowledge, and because of the power knowledge creates, these institutions of higher learning possess a moral responsibility to society. 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 assumed by the scholar, which can be conceived in four phases: 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 by employing the use of models of ethical decision making. The academic environment must foster the importance of human dignity, the nourishment of growth and achievement, and respect for others. Such an environment is a learning community: a community that brings together the themes of leadership, faculty, and students. Leadership is essential to an institution's sensitivity to values in higher education. The learning community can also bring out the best in faculty and resolve several of the tensions faculty face in their careers, especially conflicts between research and teaching. Finally, the learning community provides direction to students and anchors their collegiate experience in the intellectual life. Contains approximately 300 references and an index. (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
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Publication Type: ERIC Publications
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Teachers; Practitioners
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Association for the Study of Higher Education.; ERIC Clearinghouse on Higher Education, Washington, DC.; George Washington Univ., Washington, DC. School of Education and Human Development.