Our Rationale

In insisting that education have an ethical and civic dimension, we are not advancing a particular moral system or political agenda. Rather, we believe that higher education can teach students to employ both substantive knowledge and ethical reasoning to evaluate complex situations, to develop their own independent judgments, and to act on them-in both their personal and professional lives.

We also believe that institutions of higher learning can not only cultivate in their students an appreciation for the responsibilities and rewards of civic engagement but can also impart the knowledge and skills to make them highly effective participants in the creation of a more just society.

Finally, we believe that ethical engagement and civic engagement are inseparable. Our democratic principles arise from an ethical analysis of society and include such values as integrity, impartiality, and fair play. At the same time, many of the problems that citizens confront in the course of government, public service, or other forms of civic engagement require ethical analysis