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Core Objective Assessment

Social Responsibility

What is it?

Social responsibility is the responsibility of every person to engage thoughtfully and productively in society.

    • What am I doing for the greater good?
    • How can I help my community?
    • What are ways that we can value difference?
    • Who am I and how was I constructed? 
    • Why do I believe what I believe?
    • How does who I am shape how I see the world?
    • How can engage with others to mutually beneficial ends?
    • What can I do on a regional, national, and global level to help?

Social responsibility is understanding your place in a world that is bigger than you.  One of the many reasons why higher education is a natural step for many Americans is because, historically, colleges and universities were charged with creating informed citizens. This kind of civic responsibility may include voting and even running in elections, but it also includes seeing characteristics of the social contract that humans have with one another while living together in the same community. Social responsibility includes understanding others, recognizing your role in the world, and engaging accordingly.

why do we need it?

Companies in the 21st century are pushed by political, financial, and social forces to be more responsible. This push towards responsibility can come in the form of environmental accountability, social justice policies, anti-discrimination policies, and missions that value a whole, healthy, and livable world. Employers are looking for new hires that can understand and model these same attributes. Once you are able to recognize your responsibilities to your community, you will be better prepared to recognize your role in the culture of your new company.

Communities need people who are socially responsible to take steps toward inclusive, productive leadership that moves socially responsible agendas forward while respecting the unique characteristics of the community itself.  The nation is changing. We need people who are unafraid to step up to leadership, but we need informed caretakers of the state. The world cannot be led by the fearful, the selfish, or the ignorant. 

how do we measure it?

We look at the work you have done in classes and evaluate the degree to which you have met some of the characteristics of this core objective. IER is particularly interested in cultural self-awareness, knowledge of cultural worldview frameworks, empathy, verbal and nonverbal communication, curiosity, and openness. Looking at these measures (supplied by the Association of American Colleges and Universities rubric) we can start to evaluate how socially responsible you are. It is important to recognize that social responsibility is not a goal or a destination.  We are all growing in becoming more conscious and more conscientious people. 


how do we stack up?

Below are some of our recent reports that explain how we are doing as an institution.