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Miami among leaders in character development

"By the time they graduate, 38 percent of Miami students have participated in some form of leadership education and 82 percent have been involved in community service," said President James C. Garland. "By linking leadership and character development, we encourage our students to leave prepared to make a difference."

In its application for the Templeton honor, Miami stressed its emphasis on combining leadership and service and the outcome of those efforts. Dennis C. Roberts (student affairs) explained that more than 93 percent of the students participating in leadership development report significant progress in clarifying their values.

Miami’s commitment to leadership stimulates exploration of character issues that will shape graduates’ perspective for a lifetime of service, said Roberts.

"Developing leadership potential among students begins with Miami’s historic commitment to engaged liberal education," he said, explaining that the emphasis on leadership development enhances a traditional strength.

Programs are organized around a framework of nine values that define leadership, values that include seeing potential within self and others, communicating directly and honestly, being flexible and open to change and taking appropriate risks, according to Roberts.

University efforts such as the Scholar Leader program and the LeaderShape Institute are supported by the Etheridge Center for Reflective Leadership.

"Miami’s strong commitment to character development and the strength of its program make it a model for colleges and universities nationwide," said Arthur J. Schwartz, director of character development programs at the John Templeton Foundation.

Miami is one of 21 Ohio schools in The Templeton Guide. International investment manager John Marks Templeton established the guide to encourage spiritual and moral progress.

Date Published: 10/28/1999
Volume: 19   Number: 14

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