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ERIC Number: EJ783952
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0734-6670
Philosophically Informed: Exploring the Ethic of Help
Patterson, Sam
Journal of College Admission, n196 p4-7 Sum 2007
While students are the center of the college admission process, the individual student is transient within the process, involved for a short amount of time, trying to get a spot in the freshman class of a university. Counselors and admission officers are the stewards of the process, the keepers of the code and the architects of the maze. In this position, they have a unique perspective, the long view. The universities can engage the process on both levels of focus, the short view is finding the best freshman for their class next year, and the long view works to preserve the integrity of the application process. Part of their responsibility to the application process and their profession is to evaluate their context, to ask critical questions of the process and use this examination to continue to craft local and national policy. Attempting to digest this process in pieces, writers find themselves concentrating on the ethics involved in helping with the application essay. The way this ethic of help is constructed will shape the college application process of the future. This article explores the ethic of help in the philosophical context of John Stuart Mill, Immanuel Kant, Aristotle, and Alan Watts. (Contains 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: High Schools; Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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