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Society for Values in Higher Education

The Society for Values in Higher Education is a fellowship of teachers and others who care deeply about ethical issues – such as integrity, diversity, social justice and civic responsibility – facing higher education and the wider society. We believe that such values call for study, reflection, discussion, and action. We pursue these activities through publications, projects, regional gatherings, and an annual national meeting. SVHE’s Democracy Project, which began in 1999, is an exploratory initiative that examined models of deliberative democracy and higher education’s capacity to engage those models.

Working with pilot campuses and partner organizations that champion tested models – Study Circles Resource Center, National Issues Forums, Public Conversations Project, the Interaction Institute for Social Change, as well as SVHE’s own “values audit” approach – the Democracy Project found that higher education can learn a lot from exemplars in public discourse and community action. The Project now serves as a resource and advocate, and work with individual campuses and other national education associations.

Resource Link: www.svhe.org

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