The Challenge of Putting a Grade on Ethical Learning

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Peter Schmidt - The Chronicle of Higher Education

Union's Ethics Across the Curriculum program was recently featured in The Chronicle of Higher Education. A reporter and a photographer visited campus to learn about the program.

At many colleges and universities, faculty in the philosophy department typically teach students about ethics. Since 2006, Union’s approach has been to make ethics a staple of classroom discussion across the board in more than 50 courses, from physics to photography. It is modeled after a pilot project that introduced ethics into the economics curriculum.

The article includes comments from Robert Baker, chair of the Rapaport Ethics Across the Curriculum and the William D. Williams Professor of Philosophy. The program was also featured in the Spring 2009 issue of “Teaching Ethics,” the academic journal of the Society for Ethics across the Curriculum.

The seed for a broad-based ethics module at Union was planted by Michael S. Rapaport ’59, a real estate lawyer in White Plains, N.Y. Distressed at the lack of ethical awareness of those caught up in the Enron scandal and other ethical lapses, Rapaport decided to fund the College’s program.

To read the article in the Chronicle, click here (subscription may be required).