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Core Commitments

Our nation faces unprecedented ethical and civic challenges in an increasingly complex world, and WSU acknowledges the importance of personal and social responsibility for students.

Winona State University provides collaborative leadership and educational programs that adapt to the accelerating the pace of worldwide change using the dimensions of Core Commitments recommended by the Association of American Colleges and Universities.

Core values of respect, integrity, compassion, and civic responsibility are nurtured through development and expansion of WSU’s efforts inside and outside the classroom through curriculum and programming. 

Five Dimensions:

1.  Striving for excellence: developing a strong work ethic and consciously doing one’s very best in all aspects of college;
2.  Cultivating personal and academic integrity: recognizing and acting on a sense of honor, ranging from honesty in relationships to principled engagement with a formal academic honors code;
3.  Contributing to a larger community: recognizing and acting on one’s responsibility to the educational community and the wider society, locally, nationally, and globally;
4.  Taking seriously the perspectives of others: recognizing and acting on the obligation to inform one’s own judgment; engaging diverse and competing perspectives as a resource for learning, citizenship, and work;
5.   Developing competence in ethical and moral reasoning and action: developing ethical and moral reasoning in ways that incorporate the other four responsibilities; using such reasoning in learning and in life. 

While these five dimensions do not encompass all aspects of ethical responsibility to self and others, they offer a compelling claim as the initial focus for a widespread reengagement with issues of personal and social responsibility.

Character Traits
Find detailed lists of character traits associated with the five dimensions here.