ERIC Number: ED501068
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Reference Count: 0
Should Colleges Focus More on Personal and Social Responsibility? Initial Findings from Campus Surveys Conducted for the Association of American Colleges and Universities as Part of Its Initiative, Core Commitments: Educating Students for Personal and Social Responsibility
Antonaros, Mary; Barnhardt, Cassie; Holsapple, Matthew; Moronski, Karen; Vergoth, Veronica
Association of American Colleges and Universities (NJ1)
On behalf of the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U), researchers at the University of Michigan's Center for the Study of Higher and Postsecondary Education surveyed 23,000 undergraduate students and 9,000 campus professionals (faculty, academic administrators, and student affairs staff) at 23 institutions participating in the Templeton Foundation-supported initiative, "Core Commitments: Educating Students for Personal and Social Responsibility." Data from the initial administration of the "Personal and Social Responsibility Institutional Inventory" (PSRII) in Fall 2007 assessed the campus environment along five dimensions of personal and social responsibility: (1) Striving for excellence; (2) Cultivating personal and academic integrity; (3) Contributing to a larger community; (4) Taking seriously the perspectives of others; and (5) Developing competence in ethical and moral reasoning. Reported findings include: (1) Across all categories, students and campus professionals strongly agree that personal and social responsibility should be a major focus of a college education; (2) Across all groups surveyed, far fewer individuals agreed that personal and social responsibility was currently a major focus on their campus; there is a significant gap between what they perceive "should be" and what "is;" and (3) Across all groups, significant numbers, although not a majority, of students and professionals think that students leave college having become stronger across various dimensions of personal and social responsibility during college. List of Core Commitments Consortium members and Background Material are appended. (Contains 4 figures.) [Report prepared under direction of Eric L. Dey.]
Descriptors: Citizenship Responsibility, Undergraduate Students, Postsecondary Education, Integrity, Social Responsibility, College Faculty, Administrators, Student Personnel Workers, Educational Environment, Moral Values, Ethics, Attitude Measures, Role of Education
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Sponsor: John Templeton Foundation, Radnor, PA.
Authoring Institution: Association of American Colleges and Universities, Washington, DC.