The Challenge of Putting a Grade on Ethical Learning

In Trying to Test Students' Ethics, Colleges Find It Hard to Do the Right Thing 1

Shannon DeCelle for The Chronicle

Jeff Corbin, an assistant professor of biology at Union College, gives an environmental-studies lecture dealing with the ethical concerns raised by the construction of an oil refinery.

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Shannon DeCelle for The Chronicle

Jeff Corbin, an assistant professor of biology at Union College, gives an environmental-studies lecture dealing with the ethical concerns raised by the construction of an oil refinery.

Union College, long focused on engineering and the liberal arts, five years ago adopted a new educational mission: teaching its students to be ethical. It established an Ethics Across the Curriculum program that encourages faculty members to weave discussions of ethics into all of their courses, no matter the subject.

Although faculty throughout the college's four academic divisions have gotten behind the effort, it is hard to tell what, if any, effect it is having.

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