Innovative Higher Education

, Volume 35, Issue 2, pp 79-89

First online:

The Pursuit of Wisdom: A Modest, but Essential, Prescription for the Future

  • Steven B. SampleAffiliated withUniversity of Southern California Email author 

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Although higher education leaders are occupied with important issues such as accessibility, globalization, funding, and innovation, another issue – moral education – must be addressed if we are to equip students to navigate the future. One need not adhere to a particular religious orthodoxy or propound any sectarian dogma to engage students in the examination of values. The rare context and crucible of heterogeneous and heterodox postsecondary institutions provide an environment in which students, guided by their professors, can learn to wrestle with thorny questions, to maintain their intellectual and moral autonomy, and to take responsibility for their actions.

Key words

ethics moral education student-centric