ERIC Number: EJ1094753
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Creating and Assessing Campus Climates That Support Personal and Social Responsibility
Reason, Robert D.
Liberal Education, v99 n1 Win 2013
In this article, Robert D. Reason defines personal and social responsibility as a five-component outcome of college, presents a case for thinking about educating for personal and social responsibility through the lens of campus climate that eschews the hunt for a single intervention, and encourages the marshaling of multiple resources in multiple campus settings to encourage student learning. He highlights one instrument that can be used to assess the campus climate for personal and social responsibility--presenting findings from pilot tests that suggest a need for campuses to focus more directly on personal and social responsibility. He concludes that higher education institutions must attend to the development of civic-minded students who can work cooperatively and with integrity to solve community-based problems. An intentional focus on students' development of personal and social responsibility must become part of the core mission of colleges and universities; creating supportive campus climates is a first step in reinvigorating the civic mission of higher education.
Descriptors: Social Responsibility, Campuses, College Environment, Student Responsibility, Educational Opportunities, Performance Factors, Program Improvement
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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