Bob Kolodinsky and Tim Louwers Present Madison Collaborative: Ethical Reasoning in Action


The CoB Leadership Council learned more about JMU’s current Quality Enhancement Project (QEP) during a regular council meeting today.

The Madison Collaborative: Ethical Reasoning in Action is the result of more than 30 dedicated JMU employees and students spending countless hours culling down some original proposals – 76 in all – to a workable, viable initiative to eventually teach ethical reasoning skills to all JMU students. Beginning this fall, incoming students will receive multiple and varied ‘doses’ – starting with Orientation, with a required 1-credit 8-month pedagogical online course, in Gen Ed courses, and other courses over a four-year period.    

Both Tim and Bob taught ethics classes last semester incorporating the primary tenets found in the Madison Collaborative.  They each shared anecdotes about students facing ethical decisions, and how the class helped them work through the decisions.

The initiative centers around 8 Key Questions based on core theoretical ethics foundations, and includes three instructional modules, a core module (for faculty, staff, and administrators) and then later a faculty module and a student affairs module.

By implementing this initiative, JMU hopes to incorporate ethical thinking into the culture of the entire university community.

To view a video on the program, click here, or here for the official website.

Published: Sunday, February 24, 2013

Last Updated: Wednesday, June 8, 2016

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