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. These schools are leading the first phase of a national initiative, Core Commitments: Educating Students for Personal and Social Responsibility. The initiative seeks 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.

Middlesex takes this role seriously and has created an action plan with the goal being to create 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. In addition to reviewing the general education criteria and gathering perceptions from the Middlesex community via a survey, MCC's plan includes a variety of curricular and co-curricular activities including the college-wide Day of Service, professional development opportunities for faculty and staff, and a host of programming for students and the entire college community such as Visions of Service, Critical Conversations, Community Dialogues, and One World Series programs.

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.

Middlesex Community College Core Commitments Team:

Team Leaders: Clea Andreadis, Dean of Social Sciences and Human Services & Pamela Flaherty, Dean of Students

Members: Dr. Lois Alves, Vice President of Enrollment, Institutional Research and Planning, Kimberly Burns, Assistant Dean of Community Education and Training, Katherine Gehly, Assistant Dean for Nursing, Patrick Kenney, Student Government Senator, Mary-Jane McCarthy, Provost and Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs, Theresa Mullin, Research Analyst, and Rebecca H. Newell, Director of Leadership Development and Student Activities

The 18 participating institutions were selected both on the basis of work already accomplished in the spirit of Core Commitments and on an articulated plan to deepen and extend that work on campus. Selected as Leadership Consortium of Core Commitments were:

Babson College, MA
Bowling Green State University, OH
California State University-Northridge, CA
Concordia College-Moorhead, MN
Miami University, OH
Michigan State University, MI
Middlesex Community College, MA
Oakland Community College, MI
Rollins College, FL
Saint Mary's College of California, CA
St. Lawrence University, NY
Tulane University, LA
United States Air Force Academy, CO
University of Alabama Birmingham, AL
University of Central Florida, FL
University of the Pacific, CA
Wagner College, NY
Winthrop University, SC

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: 9/19/12