In January 2007 the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) selected the University of Alabama in Birmingham (UAB) to be part of a Core Commitments Leadership Consortium of educational institutions committed to educating students in personal and social responsibility. UAB received this honor because its mission, strategic plan, and Quality Enhancement Plan promote a campus ethos that fosters the following five key dimensions of personal and social responsibility identified by AAC&U:
- Striving for excellence: developing a strong work ethic and consciously doing one’s very best in all aspects of college.
- Cultivating personal and academic integrity: recognizing and acting on a sense of honor ranging from honesty in relationships to principled engagement with a formal academic honors code.
- Contributing to a larger community: recognizing and acting on one’s responsibility to the educational community (classroom, campus life), the local community, and the wider society, both national and global.
- Taking seriously the perspectives of others: recognizing and acting on the obligation to inform one’s own judgment; engaging diverse and competing perspectives as a resource for learning, for citizenship, and for work.
- Developing competence in ethical and moral reasoning: developing ethical and moral reasoning in ways that incorporate the other four responsibilities; using such reasoning in learning and in life.
Project Overview and Goals
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