Principles of Community

*A college or university is an educationally purposeful community, a place where faculty and  students share academic goals and work together to strengthen teaching and learning on the campus.

*A college or university is an open community, a place where freedom of expression is uncompromisingly protected and where civility is powerfully affirmed.

*A college or university is a just community, a place where the sacredness of the person is honored and where diversity is aggressively pursued.

*A college or university is a disciplined community, a place where individuals accept their obligations to the group and where well-defined  governance procedures guide behavior for the common good.

*A college or university is a caring community, a place where the well-being of each member is sensitively supported and where service to others is encouraged.

*A college or university is a celebrative community, one in which the heritage of the institution is remembered and where rituals affirming both tradition and change are widely shared.


(source: E. Boyer (1990). Campus  Life: In search of  community.  Princeton, NJ: Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.) Distributed by: Student Affairs and General Education in Action, Indiana State University.