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Harvard-Edited Book on Social Responsibility Names Mount as Exemplary

Aug. 27, 2007 -- A Harvard-edited collection of essays released today about professional ethics spotlights Mount Saint Mary’s University among just three colleges nationwide doing exemplary work in educating students about civic responsibility.

Responsibility at Work: How Leading Professionals Act (or Don't Act) Responsibly is based on research findings of the GoodWork Project that, among other case studies, looks at whether colleges actually teach students to be concerned about and committed to the common public good. Faculty and administrators at Mount St. Mary's — one of 10 highly-regarded colleges and universities studied in depth by researchers — answered detailed questions about the College's institutional mission and focus on service and social change. Researchers then surveyed Mount students to see how they view the College providing guidance on civic engagement and leading a socially responsible life.

"We are pleased to be part of this study and certainly pleased that the researchers were convinced the Mount does ‘good work' teaching students values that lead to responsible conduct in their careers and lives," said Mount Saint Mary’s University President Jacqueline Powers Doud. "The fact that everyone's message was consistent — from administrators to faculty to students — validates our efforts to convey concern for the common good."

Mount St. Mary's has a long tradition of student service and outreach to communities. In a recent study, 94 percent of the College's first-year baccalaureate students performed community service.

Beyond civic engagement, researchers also found that Mount St. Mary's communicates the importance of values and ethics to students in many ways and through specific actions — rather than through a mission statement only. "Students at Mount St. Mary's live immersed in a culture of service, the value of which they know because they themselves are its primary recipients," researchers reported. "A theme running through every interview is the cultivation of social responsibility in the form of service to the community." The other institutions held up as exemplary are Swarthmore and Morehouse colleges.

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