Ernest Boyer's Six Principles of Community

Educationally purposeful—a place where faculty and students share academic goals and strengthen teaching and learning on campus.

Open—a place where free speech is protected and civility powerfully affirmed.

Just—a place where the sacredness of each person is honored and where diversity is aggressively pursued.

Disciplined—a place where individuals accept their obligations to the group and where well defined governance procedure guide behavior for the common good.

Caring—a place where the well being of each member is sensitively supported and where service to others is encouraged.

Celebrative—a place where the heritage of the institution is remembered and where rituals affirming tradition and change are shared.



Campus Life: In Search of Community. The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching; Ernest L. Boyer (frwd.); Princeton, New Jersey; 1990.