General Education Goal: Understanding Responsibilities of Community Membership
General education prepares academically skilled and engaged citizens capable of contributing to the betterment of society and taking responsibility for the common good. Responsible contribution to a vibrant democracy governed by the rule of law requires a basic understanding of the ways in which governments, economies, and societies function. Moral reasoning skills, necessary in a world characterized by often conflicting beliefs and attitudes, enable students to reflect critically on ethical issues and to make reasoned, intelligent judgments about complex moral problems. Effective moral reasoning includes questioning one’s own assumptions and beliefs, understanding the reasoning of others, and accepting disagreement about important matters. An understanding of the broad range of past and present moral positions should be accompanied by shared beliefs regarding honesty, integrity, and obligation to others. In addition, fostering the well-being and personal development of students will help them lead thoughtful and purposeful lives in their communities
Revised Rationale (Effective Fall 2018)
General education prepares students to become informed, active, and engaged members of local, national, global, and virtual communities. Responsible community members live thoughtfully and purposefully, with concern for the well-being of both self and others. In a world in which political and economic security, environmental sustainability, and global health are constant challenges, learning and problem-solving require communal participation.