The Templeton Foundation Press is pleased to offer parents, students, and counselors the first college guidebook of its kind—one that helps to continue the strong character development that parents so deeply desire for their children.
The extensive research compiled by a group of educational professionals will feature four hundred college programs, including ones that emphasize academic honesty, service, leadership, spiritual growth, and substance abuse prevention programs. It will highlight one hundred “Honor Roll” colleges and will profile fifty college presidents.
The inspiration for this book comes from the lessons learned from a young man growing up in Winchester, Tennessee, in the 1920s. With a combination of hard work and family sacrifice, John Templeton went to Yale University, graduated with honors, and won a Rhodes scholarship to Oxford University. His educational and personal experiences at Yale helped him to create a successful career in mutual funds. Several years ago, when establishing the focus of his philanthropic foundation, he asked himself, “How can I honor colleges and universities that provide young people with the character-building experiences I had when I went to college?”
Colleges That Encourage Character Development was created in response to this urgent and important question. It is an invaluable reference for parents and students looking for outstanding colleges. It can also serve as a resource for colleges that want to develop higher standards and better practices for their students.
Table of Contents
Editorial Staff / vi
Introduction / vii
How to Use This Guidebook / ix
Part I: Exemplary Programs / 1
First-Year Programs / 3
Academic Honesty Programs / 35
Faculty and Curriculum Programs / 55
Volunteer Service Programs / 79
Substance-Abuse Prevention Programs / 111
Student Leadership Programs / 131
Spiritual Growth Programs / 153
Civic Education Programs / 175
Character and Sexuality Programs / 197
Senior-Year Programs / 209
Part II: Presidential Leadership / 227
Part III: The Templeton Honor Roll / 279
Identification and Selection Process / 381
Advisory Board / 382
Glossary / 383
Resource Directory of Higher-Education Organizations / 387
A one-stop resource for parents and students looking for a positive college
environment for teens. Contains invaluable summaries of most of the major colleges and universities in the USA that implement "exemplary programs" to encourage moral development in their students.
To assist students and parents, the John Templeton Foundation categorized college and university programs that support students in pursuing civic and ethical activities. The guide furnishes a thorough list of 405 programs categorized into 10 sections, such as first-year programs and character and sexuality programs. Also listed are 100 colleges and universities and 50 presidents that strive to encourage students to tackle and study social problems. A black-and-white photograph complements each school profile. A glossary aids in clarifying ambiguous terms, such as value, critical thinking and virtue. The Institute on College Student Values selected the colleges and universities. This is a solid pick for libraries that don’t have a similar or updated resource.
Colleges Guides are multiplying but the Templeton Foundation has found a unique niche by publishing Colleges that Encourage Character Development. In more than 400 pages, the book explores programs on secular and religious campuses promoting volunteer service, spirit growth, civic education, and student leadership.
Booklist recommends as "Valuable in college selection."
As character education becomes more popular, coverage of colleges that encourage character development seems most fitting. This publication describes 405 college programs in 10 categories. The guide is geared to parents, educators, potential students, counselors, and college communities.
Additional features include a list of advisory board members, a glossary, and a directory of 70 higher-education organizations that encourage character development. At the end of the volume, programs are indexed alphabetically, by state, and by category."—Booklist
An excellent new book that recognizes the renewed interest in the United States in the idea that education does more than prepare people for jobs is getting high grades from students and parents across the country. The book, Colleges That Encourage Character Development, recognizes 600 diverse colleges, universities, programs, and individuals who are actively involved in "educating the character," providing students, parents and advisors specific information that they can use in selecting a college or university.
Though the threat of an F or expulsion may deter students from cheating, some of the latest efforts to encourage academic honesty take a kinder, gentler approach: A College guidebook, Colleges That Encourage Character Development identifies schools where civic and moral responsibilities are central to campus life.
The most useful part of the book is the Honor Roll of Colleges. One hundred colleges/universities in which character development and responsibility are emphasized in overall campus programs are listed. Six criteria were used for selection: mission statement, faculty involvement, external recognition, outcomes assessment, programs that help create individual responsibility, and integration of personal and civic responsibility standards and activities into the core curriculum and academic areas. A school with only one of these six aspects would not be as effective in creating character development as are those on the honor roll. Therefore, the honor roll, on which are only schools that show all criteria, is interesting. This would be the most valuable section for any high school student and his or her parents as well.
This book is a guide or reference to choosing a college and was not designed for use by a college advisor. However, it would make an interesting reference book for a college or university interested in developing, implementing, or improving a specific program.
Broken down into categories, the book, website, etc. gives a history of each school and it’s various programs. Is it necessary, no. But a good deal at $16.95 if a high schooler needs yet more information to pick a school.