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ERIC Number: EJ873873
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Jan
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1067-1803
Ethics: An Educational Imperative
Davis, Gary
Community College Journal, v74 n3 p6-9 Dec 2003-Jan 2004
Citing scandals in accounting, law, banking, securities and corporations, Candace de Russy, a member of the State University of New York Board of Trustees recently urged college boards to "make ethics a living tradition, a day-to-day reality throughout higher education." If colleges prepare bankers, lawyers, accountants and brokers, de Russy reasons, they ought to assume some responsibility for the professions' ethical breakdowns. Although most colleges have told students and faculty to "behave," they have not communicated the role that organizational structure can play in encouraging ethical action. They have failed to teach the deeper dimensions of ethics. In today's high-tech world, millions can pay the price of a single irresponsible decision. As a result, colleges must show how attention to organizational structures can protect them against their natural propensity to make unethical choices. The author argues that colleges must offer a clear mandate for the behavior expected from presidents, faculty, staff, and students.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: New York