The theme of the 2002 Institute on College Student Values, “Worthy Dreams: Implementing Programs That Foster Moral and Civic Learning”, focused on the efforts of college and universities to promote moral and spiritual development as outcomes of undergraduate learning. The major speakers of the Institute examined the topic from various perspectives including faith development in late adolescence, religion and morality in the academy, presidential leadership and values, and student views on spiritual growth and the search for meaning.
Edited versions of the major speakers’ presentations are featured in these Proceedings. In addition to the featured presentations at the Institute, a number of papers were also presented in Concurrent Sessions of the Institute. These sessions were selected for presentation by a screening panel and authors were invited to submit papers for the Proceedings publication. We are pleased to be able to include many of the Concurrent Sessions papers in this year’s Proceedings. Any discussion of moral and spiritual development in college students is enhanced by student perspectives and discussion and, for that reason, we include three student presentations in the 2002 Institute Proceedings.
We are grateful to the authors for their contributions to the Institute theme of “Worthy Dreams” and we believe this collection of papers provides a timely examination of higher education’s roles and responsibilities for moral and civic learning during the college years. Jon Dalton Director Institute on College Student Values.
– Jon C. Dalton