In Texas, the social responsibility objective (SR) is defined as including:
intercultural competence, knowledge of civic responsibility, and the ability to engage effectively in regional, national, and global communities.
The assessment of Social responsibility is required in five foundational component areas:
- Language, Philosophy, and Culture
- Creative Arts
- American History
- Government/Political Science Social and Behavioral Sciences
- Social and Behavioral Sciences
Examples From Across Texas
Dr. Adria Battaglia from Austin Community College shares her experience of incorporating social responsibility into the assignments for a public speaking and civic engagement course.
Dr. Kristi Cordell-McNulty from Angelo State University talks about the incorporation of social responsibility via community-based volunteer activity in her psychology courses.
Drs. Doyle Carter and Christine Purkiss from Angelo State University discuss challenges and opportunities for learning, teaching, and assessing social responsibility.
Social Responsibility Teaching Recipes:
- CONNECT2Campus, Dr. Doyle Carter, Angelo State University
- Health Care Ethics, Dr. Anthony Edwards, Tarleton State University
- Honoring Military Service, Ms. Laura Nunn, South Texas College
- Social News, Dr. Jennifer T. Edwards, Tarleton State University
AACU’s VALUE Rubrics provide a good starting point for beginning to think about the design and assessment of social responsibility. ACCU have organised a number of rubrics underneath the general heading of personal and social responsibility (see the list below) and institutions across Texas are using one or more of these rubrics to support their work with this core objective.
- Civic engagement—local and global
- Intercultural knowledge and competence
- Ethical reasoning
- Foundations and skills for lifelong learning
- Global learning