Educating Students for Personal & Social Responsibility

Core Commitments: Educating Students for Personal and Social Responsibility

In 2007, The Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) announced Middlesex Community College as one of 18 institutions chosen to participate in the Core Commitments Leadership Consortium. MCC joined forces on this national initiative, Core Commitments: Educating Students for Personal and Social Responsibility. The initiative sought to embed personal and social responsibility objectives pervasively across the institution in both the curricular and co-curricular experiences as key educational outcomes for all students.

Since then Middlesex continues to take this role seriously and has worked to ensure MCC is a college community that strives for excellence, respects diversity, contributes to the larger community, behaves in an ethical manner, and takes seriously the viewpoints of others.

Core Commitments Guiding Philosophy

  • Student learning is the collective responsibility of all individuals and units responsible for the curriculum and co-curriculum;
  • Education for personal and social responsibility, to be intentionally fostered in all students, must pervade the institution's culture;
  • Institutions must care about and unapologetically teach for personal and social responsibility;
  • Ethical, civic, and moral development must be closely tied to a substantive vision for student learning in the college years that is shared across constituent groups; and
  • These forms of learning are cumulative and build on prior knowledge and experience and need to be assessed along the way.

For more information on the initiative, please visit
Core Commitments: Educating Students for Personal and Social Responsibility is supported by a generous grant from the John Templeton Foundation.

Last Modified: 1/17/23