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.
UAB recognizes that its educational mission is to prepare students for active and responsible engagement as both local and global citizens.
Freshman Learning Communities (FLC)
Ethics and Civic Responsibility (ECR)
ECR learning outcomes
Approved ECR Courses
Difficult Dialogues I
Difficult Dialogues II
Core Commitments Leadership Team
Project Overview and Goals
Selected Relevant Activities and Dialogue Forums
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