Madison launches ethical reasoning initiative

by Bill Wyatt


Dear Colleagues and Students,

Every ten years, James Madison University must reaffirm its accreditation with the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. As part of that process, the university is required to create a Quality Enhancement Plan designed to improve student learning across campus. After two-and-a-half years in the making, our QEP proposal is complete. It's called The Madison Collaborative: Ethical Reasoning in Action.

The Madison Collaborative is a bold new effort to teach ethical reasoning skills to the entire Madison student body. Last week faculty and staff received an email inviting them to view the full proposal online. This week I am excited to share with the entire JMU community the first of four videos about The Madison Collaborative. This is an exciting venture for our university and has the potential to transform JMU into a community recognized for producing contemplative, engaged citizens who apply ethical reasoning to confront the challenges of the world. 

I'd like to thank the QEP Task Force for their excellent work in developing a thoughtful and practical plan for how the university can integrate ethical reasoning skills across the curriculum and co-curriculum. Students and faculty alike will be hearing more in the upcoming weeks about The Madison Collaborative: Ethical Reasoning In Action, and I encourage you all to be involved.

Learn more about the QEP at

Jonathan R. Alger

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Published: Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Last Updated: Thursday, October 20, 2016

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