Journal of Academic Ethics

, Volume 2, Issue 1, pp 89–100 | Cite as

The Socially-Responsible University: Talking the Talk while Walking the Walk in the College of Business

  • Ronald Paul Hill


This article presents a stakeholder-based example of corporate social responsibility (CSR) within a university context. The first section provides a literature review that builds the case for CSR efforts by educational institutions. The next section details aspects of the focal corporate social responsibility program at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg (USFSP) from its early conception to its implementation. The Talking the Talk section describes the overarching mission of the larger university and its influence on the mission of the newly formed College of Business which undertook an ambitious community outreach program in a downtown neighborhood. The execution of the program is discussed subsequently in the Walking the Walk section, with an emphasis on formation of advisory boards, development of appropriate coursework, relevant interactions with external constituencies, and plans for assessment and continuous improvement. The article closes with recommendations for universities considering similar endeavors.

business school community service corporate social responsibility stakeholder analysis university 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ronald Paul Hill
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  1. 1.College of Business at theUniversity of South Florida St. PetersburgSt. PetersburgU.S.A

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