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Two at University part of national focus on learning, responsibility

Patricia King, professor in the Center for the Study of Higher and Postsecondary Education, and Patricia Gurin, professor emerita of psychology and women's studies, have been asked to help guide a national effort to focus college learning around personal and social responsibility.

They are among 15 individuals from across the county who will serve on an advisory board for the Association of American Colleges & Universities' multi-project 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 as key educational outcomes for students and to measure the impact of campus efforts to foster such learning.

"We are very pleased to have the opportunity to bring to this initiative and the schools involved the expertise and insights of such a distinguished group of individuals," says Core Commitments Project Director and AAC&U Senior Vice President Caryn McTighe Musil.

Twenty-five institutions currently comprise the Core Commitments Leadership Consortium across the nation. The Michigan members are U-M, Michigan State University and Oakland Community College.

AAC&U has identified personal and social responsibility as "essential outcomes of a 21st century liberal education" in a series of major reports on college learning it has released in recent years including, "Greater Expectations: A New Vision for Learning as a Nation Goes to College" and "College Learning for the New Global Century."

Core Commitments: Educating Students for Personal and Social Responsibility is supported by a grant from the John Templeton Foundation.

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