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President Baker talks ethics with students

March 4, 2014
Douglas D. Baker

Douglas D. Baker

Many college students encounter situations in which they need to make ethical decisions. Often, these situations prompt consideration on what makes a decision ethical.

NIU President Doug Baker addressed this question Feb. 27 when he discussed ethical decision making in higher education with honors students.

Baker was a guest speaker at the Ethical Leadership Workshop Series, hosted by the University Honors Program and the College of Business. The five-week workshop series is led by Bill McCoy, director of the BELIEF program at NIU.

During the Feb. 27 shop last week, students discussed situations that they have encountered in college that conflict with their values. Baker talked about these ethical challenges and emphasized that NIU has to be “the model and be the ethically inspired university.”

He reminded students to be the catalyst and make a change, rather than wait for one. He also discussed the ethical issues associated with cheating and asked the students to consider what can be done to reduce this problem.

Students also were exposed to the types of decisions that President Baker is faced with in his role, such as deciding whether or not to close the university for inclement weather and determining the best course of action to increase retention and enrollment.