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Core Commitments

Educating Students for Personal and Social Responsibility

Winthrop University was one of 18 schools awarded a grant from the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) to participate in a leadership project promoting the education of our students for personal and social responsibility.

Winthrop is a diverse university committed to the liberal arts traditions, to nationally accredited professional programs, and to developing leadership and civic responsibility. The university accomplishes these goals through a core curriculum (The Touchstone Program), strong major programs in the liberal arts and professional areas, and effective linkages between and among programs/activities in academic affairs and student life.

The AAC&U grant was awarded through the John Templeton Foundation and enabled Winthrop to capitalize on current endeavors to integrate five dimensions of personal and social responsibility into core undergraduate programs.

In 2010, the five dimensions of the AAC&U Core Commitments were integrated into Winthrop University’s University Level Competencies (ULCs)

Readings and Resources

Engaging Diverse Viewpoints: What is the Campus Climate for Perspective-taking?
By Eric L. Dey and Associates
http://www.aacu.org/core_commitments/documents/Engaging_Diverse_Viewpoints.pdf

Civic Responsibility: What is the Campus Climate for Learning
By Eric L. Dey and Associates
http://www.aacu.org/core_commitments/documents/CivicResponsibilityReport.pdf

Developing a Moral Compass: What Is the Campus Climate for Ethics and Academic Integrity?
By Eric L. Dey and Associates
http://www.aacu.org/core_commitments/documents/MoralCompassReport.pdf