ERIC Number: ED441197
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995
The Power of Association: Defining Our Relationship with Students in the 21st Century. A NASPA White Paper.
In this age of rapid change, colleges and universities must expect their personnel to view relationships with students as a form of voluntary association. This means being dedicated to the intellectual and moral development of students as association members and the good of the larger community. This booklet examines a historical perspective of higher education's relationship with its students. A discussion of voluntary association examines why association is important. Also explained are the following principles of association that colleges should affirm: those who associate in the college community are committed to the pursuit of truth; the pursuit of truth is guided by a process; and the nature of the goal and the process used to pursue it are molded by a permanent duty to honor those who precede and to leave a better world for those who will follow. The following virtues are presented as being required to adhere to higher education's principles: honesty, respect, civility, self-restraint, empathy, compassion, and a sense of responsibility. Virtues can be taught by: clearly stating community values, including academic honesty, civility, and respect for freedom of thought and expression; treating the statement of values as more than stale dogma; asking students ethical questions both in and out of class; role modeling; giving students significant responsibility to manage their own affairs; encouraging the development of empathy; creating environments where personal interaction can flourish; promoting group bonding through service; enforcing reasonable rules; and enforcing rules fairly. (Contains 24 references.) (MKA)
Descriptors: College Students, Higher Education, Student Development, Student Personnel Workers, Values Education
National Association of Student Personnel Administrators, 1875 Connecticut Ave., NW, Suite 418, Washington, DC 20009-5728 ($5, members; $7, nonmembers). Tel: 202-265-7500; Fax: 202-797-1157; Web site: http://www.naspa.org.
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Association of Student Personnel Administrators, Inc.