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Roper, Larry D. – Journal of College and Character, 2020
Academic courses provide a vehicle through which students can gain knowledge, awareness, and skills to enact meaningful social change. Courses focused on social justice are particularly positioned to provide students with necessary social change competence. This article offers a case example of how a course on social justice can enhance student…
Descriptors: Social Change, Social Justice, Program Effectiveness, Organizational Change
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Colby, Anne – Journal of College and Character, 2020
Purpose, a long-term commitment to goals that are meaningful to the self and contribute beyond the self, is associated with academic and vocational success, resilience, and psychological and physical well-being throughout life. Supporting college students' purpose development requires understanding that purpose is a driving life commitment not…
Descriptors: College Students, Student Development, Goal Orientation, Occupations
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Baxter Magolda, Marcia B. – Journal of College and Character, 2020
Developmental complexity, in particular developing an internal voice, is one of the foundations of character development. Here the author describes developmental complexity, its evolution over adolescence and young adulthood, how it links to character development and the five strategies to promote it, and how learning partnerships are one form of…
Descriptors: Values Education, College Students, Adolescent Development, Adult Development
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Keeling, Richard P. – Journal of College and Character, 2020
To cultivate humanity is to invest in, enrich, or elevate all that it is to be human. But cultivating humanity has become a pressing challenge in higher education because learning about what it means to be human depends on significant and ongoing personal engagement of students with faculty and staff who serve as mentors, advisors, and guides.…
Descriptors: College Students, Student Development, Social Values, Higher Education
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Patel, Eboo; Correia-Harker, Benjamin P. – Journal of College and Character, 2020
To effectively lead with our religiously diverse national and global communities, colleges and universities must engage practices and conditions that promote student interfaith learning and development. Recent research highlights seemingly divergent factors that both play significant roles to help prepare students for productive engagement across…
Descriptors: Religion, Intergroup Relations, Cultural Pluralism, World Views
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Cuyjet, Michael J. – Journal of College and Character, 2020
This article encourages the application of cultural competency as a factor in the development of character in college students. Student affairs practitioners can help students explore cultural competency's two general components: awareness of one's own culture and knowledge of the cultural identities of others. Educators can advocate for such…
Descriptors: Cultural Awareness, Moral Development, Undergraduate Students, Empathy
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Rockenbach, Alyssa N. – Journal of College and Character, 2020
Higher education carries the potential to transform the troubled state of affairs--from political discord to social injustice--evident in U.S. society. Benefits to the public good can be realized to the extent that college helps students develop a framework for ethical decision making, socially responsible leadership, compassionate engagement with…
Descriptors: Values Education, College Students, Student Development, Educational Benefits
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Stebleton, Michael J. – Journal of College and Character, 2019
College students receive countless messages about "following passion" and "doing what you love" (DWYL). What happens when these repeated messages ultimately do a disservice to some students? Although pursuing one's interests is strongly encouraged, the author explores the limitations of the DWYL advice at all costs, including…
Descriptors: Student Interests, Career Development, Self Concept, Futures (of Society)
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Nielsen, J. Cody; Small, Jenny L. – Journal of College and Character, 2019
In an unpublished national research study, "Religious, Secular, and Spiritual Identities in Higher Education," which evaluated how universities addressed issues of religious diversity on campus, interviews with university professionals, students, and community members revealed that the institutions that were successfully engaging in…
Descriptors: Self Concept, Spiritual Development, Educational Policy, Educational Practices
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Thompson, Robert J., Jr.; Díaz Pearson, Amber; Shanahan, Suzanne – Journal of College and Character, 2019
Relational Developmental Systems (RDS) provided an integrative framework to examine how college students' intrapersonal attributes, particularly sense of identity in transactions with different educational experiences, were related with self-reported community and political engagement and other intrapersonal dimensions. Students who participated…
Descriptors: Empathy, Community Involvement, Ethics, Perspective Taking
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McGuire, Keon M. – Journal of College and Character, 2019
A reinvigorated commitment to the study of religion, spirituality, faith, secularism, meaning-making, purpose, and interfaith dialogue in higher education is evidenced through the production of various scholarly texts. The pendulum among higher education scholars seems to swing toward finding ways to explicitly engage with what has been described…
Descriptors: Higher Education, College Students, Religion, Spiritual Development
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Hemer, Kevin M.; Perez, Rosemary J.; Harris, Lincoln Wesley, Jr. – Journal of College and Character, 2019
This quantitative study explored how campus environments affected the development of students' capacities to take others' perspectives seriously. Data were collected from over 10,000 students at 15 institutions using the Personal and Social Responsibility Inventory (PSRI) to examine the relationships between individual and institutional factors…
Descriptors: College Environment, Perspective Taking, Student Development, Student Attitudes
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Armstrong, Amanda – Journal of College and Character, 2019
College students are majoritized and minoritized through micro- and macro-level inequities because of their varied and multiple worldview identities (e.g., [non]religious and spiritual). Ongoing interfaith efforts in higher education prove to be both beneficial, promoting interworldview engagement, and challenging, sometimes further marginalizing…
Descriptors: College Students, World Views, Student Experience, Religious Cultural Groups
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Carlos Chavez, Fiorella L.; Wolford, Sarah N.; Kimmes, Jonathan G.; May, Ross W.; Fincham, Frank D. – Journal of College and Character, 2019
The self-forgiveness process may be considered emotionally taxing among college students. The current study explored college students' past intrapersonal transgressions (n = 88) through two outcomes (able or unable to forgive oneself). Using NVivo 11 Pro software, thematic analyses revealed the most common situational circumstances and internal…
Descriptors: College Students, Females, Emotional Response, Experience
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Craft, Christy Moran – Journal of College and Character, 2019
Some student affairs professionals who are employed at public colleges and universities feel conflicted about the degree to which they should or should not discuss their religious and/or spiritual beliefs at work. The purpose of this article is to present an overview of legal, developmental, and ethical considerations that should be factored into…
Descriptors: Ethics, Religious Factors, Student Personnel Workers, State Colleges
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