What is CMC’s response to important behavioral challenges facing colleges across the nation? With the start of the new academic year, President Hiram Chodosh provided the CMC Community with a progress update on the college’s efforts on The Student Imperative which includes the Personal and Social Responsibility (PSR) Initiative. Chodosh explained:
Colleges across the country are grappling with a set of serious behavioral challenges: high-risk drinking and drug abuse, sexual assault, academic dishonesty, and issues of campus climate including identity, diversity, and speech. These challenges threaten the safety, well-being, and effective growth of students, and undermine the core mission of higher education.
Last fall (2013), we introduced the Personal and Social Responsibility Initiative (PSR) as a strategic effort to address the underlying drivers of these harmful behaviors. The Mirza Summit was the first phase of this long-term process. Intimate gatherings of students, faculty, staff, and alumni resulted in healthy debate, critical reflection, and useful suggestions for ways to cultivate responsible decision- making through enhancements to the intellectual and residential lives of our students.
This summer, the Personal and Social Responsibility Initiative moved into a second phase of building a long-term structure and process to take on these major national challenges...
To read more about the PSR Initiative and other aspects of The Student Imperative, go to: www.cmc.edu/student-imperative