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Values and Ethics What do you believe in? What do you believe in? Who do you care about? Who do you care about? What motivates you? What motivates you?

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1 Values and Ethics What do you believe in? What do you believe in? Who do you care about? Who do you care about? What motivates you? What motivates you? Why are you really in college? Why are you really in college? How do you tell the difference between right and wrong? How do you tell the difference between right and wrong? Lets take a look at what really matters to you.

2 What are values? They are the ideas and beliefs about life that guide us to do what we do and be what we are… They are the ideas and beliefs about life that guide us to do what we do and be what we are… They can be about: They can be about: PoliticsFamily SexFriends ReligionDishonesty Being of serviceTaking Risks EducationRespect MoneyLeisure CareerAnd so on…

3 Different kinds of Values Moral Values: Moral Values: Values you hold for yourself but dont force on others such as right vs. wrong, honesty vs. dishonesty, being of service to othersValues you hold for yourself but dont force on others such as right vs. wrong, honesty vs. dishonesty, being of service to others Aesthetic Values: Aesthetic Values: Personal standards of beauty as seen in nature, art, music, personal appearancePersonal standards of beauty as seen in nature, art, music, personal appearance Performance Values: Performance Values: Benchmarks you set for yourself such as accuracy, speed, reward for achievement, self-discipline and overall accomplishmentBenchmarks you set for yourself such as accuracy, speed, reward for achievement, self-discipline and overall accomplishment

4 Means & Ends Values Instrumental Values (the means): Instrumental Values (the means): Objectives used to reach goals such as being responsible, obedient, loving, ambitious, independent, honestObjectives used to reach goals such as being responsible, obedient, loving, ambitious, independent, honest Intrinsic Values (the end): Intrinsic Values (the end): Personal happiness, a comfortable life, personal freedom, true friendship, a successful careerPersonal happiness, a comfortable life, personal freedom, true friendship, a successful career

5 Values Checklist Having good friends Having good friends Having a positive relationship Having a positive relationship Having self-respect & the respect of others Having self-respect & the respect of others Being financially secure Being financially secure Being spiritual Being spiritual Making a meaningful contribution to mankind Making a meaningful contribution to mankind Being a moral person Being a moral person Being a great athlete Being a great athlete Being physically attractive Being physically attractive Being creative Being creative Being personally responsible Being personally responsible Getting along well with people in general Getting along well with people in general Having freedom and independence Having freedom and independence Being well educated Being well educated Serving others Serving others Having peace of mind Having peace of mind Getting recognition (being famous) Getting recognition (being famous) Being a good citizen Being a good citizen Being healthy Being healthy Being intelligent Being intelligent Having strong family ties Having strong family ties Being honest & having integrity Being honest & having integrity Being dedicated and committed Being dedicated and committed

6 Values for College Success Connecting your personal values to being successful in college: Connecting your personal values to being successful in college: Clarify your values to be sure you really understand them-Clarify your values to be sure you really understand them- As strange as it may seem, many people operate on values without thinking them through. As strange as it may seem, many people operate on values without thinking them through. Truly understanding your values is key to applying them successfully in college, in a career, or in life. Truly understanding your values is key to applying them successfully in college, in a career, or in life. Make a forthright self-evaluation-Make a forthright self-evaluation- Are your values workable in college? Are your values workable in college? Do you need to change or re-figure them? Do you need to change or re-figure them? If necessary, change your values to make them more productive and effective…If necessary, change your values to make them more productive and effective…

7 Forging Academic Values: Participate Fully College takes much more time and work than high school. College takes much more time and work than high school. You also have much more freedom which requires much more personal responsibility. You also have much more freedom which requires much more personal responsibility. Avoid being unnecessarily frivolous, make yourself stay on-task! Avoid being unnecessarily frivolous, make yourself stay on-task! And, unless you honestly have no choice, DONT SKIP CLASS! And, unless you honestly have no choice, DONT SKIP CLASS!

8 Forging Academic Values: Participate Honorably #1 Lets be frank: If you cheat or plagiarize, you are side-stepping the real reason you came to college: to get an education. Lets be frank: If you cheat or plagiarize, you are side-stepping the real reason you came to college: to get an education. Academic dishonesty myths: Academic dishonesty myths: The risk of getting caught is small.The risk of getting caught is small. It only takes getting caught once and you could be out. It only takes getting caught once and you could be out. There is no other way to be successful.There is no other way to be successful. No? Then dishonesty should be the hallmark of all human endeavor. No? Then dishonesty should be the hallmark of all human endeavor. It doesnt matter in the long run.It doesnt matter in the long run. Not if you dont have a conscience. Not if you dont have a conscience. The penalty for getting caught wont be severe.The penalty for getting caught wont be severe. Is this something you want to find out the hard way? Is this something you want to find out the hard way?

9 Forging Academic Values: Participate Honorably #2 If, on the other hand, you honestly give it your best shot: If, on the other hand, you honestly give it your best shot: Practicing academic integrity builds moral character.Practicing academic integrity builds moral character. Theres nothing like having your conscience tell you did it right! Theres nothing like having your conscience tell you did it right! Choosing moral actions builds others trust in you.Choosing moral actions builds others trust in you. Having people believe in you is a major plus. Having people believe in you is a major plus. Making bogus grades masks real feedback about learning.Making bogus grades masks real feedback about learning. How will you ever know what you are really capable of? How will you ever know what you are really capable of? Improving integrity in the classroom can rebuild national character.Improving integrity in the classroom can rebuild national character. The college classroom is an excellent place to begin stemming the tide of corporate greed and corruption. The college classroom is an excellent place to begin stemming the tide of corporate greed and corruption.

10 Challenges to your Values At college, you are going to meet new people whose values may be quite different, if not totally opposite, to your own. At college, you are going to meet new people whose values may be quite different, if not totally opposite, to your own. You may be politically liberal and find yourself befriending a staunch conservative.You may be politically liberal and find yourself befriending a staunch conservative. Are you going to pass judgment and walk away? Are you going to pass judgment and walk away? Or are you going to be tolerant and try to see the person in a new way? Or are you going to be tolerant and try to see the person in a new way? Tolerance is a very positive trait, but even it can be carried too far. Tolerance is a very positive trait, but even it can be carried too far. If you see your new friend show a really self-destructive tendency, like excessive drinking, it is probably best not to aid and abet them in their weakness, but rather to tell them what you really think. If you see your new friend show a really self-destructive tendency, like excessive drinking, it is probably best not to aid and abet them in their weakness, but rather to tell them what you really think. Your challenge is to balance your personal welfare, your tolerance for diversity and your freedom of choice. Your challenge is to balance your personal welfare, your tolerance for diversity and your freedom of choice.

11 Changing Society, Changing Values American values are changing, caused by: American values are changing, caused by: Demographic changes caused by much immigration from other countriesDemographic changes caused by much immigration from other countries Globalization of the world economyGlobalization of the world economy Growing environmental concernsGrowing environmental concerns Political polarizationPolitical polarization Breakup of the familyBreakup of the family Computer technology and the InternetComputer technology and the Internet The Feminist movementThe Feminist movement Federal intervention in states rightsFederal intervention in states rights TerrorismTerrorism And on and on…And on and on… All of these, and many more, will greatly affect the values of the individual. All of these, and many more, will greatly affect the values of the individual.

12 Value Assessment Web Resources College Success Factors Index College Success Factors Index Steps to Successful Career Planning Steps to Successful Career Planning Journal of College and Character Journal of College and Character Rutgers Value Assessment Rutgers Value Assessment Ohio Learning Network: Values Assessment Ohio Learning Network: Values Assessment


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