Living Honorably

Become a living laboratory of campus-wide commitment to justice, courage, integrity, respect and responsibility through policies and practices designed to model these values and to provide the campus community with ongoing opportunities for ethical reflection, deliberation and action. The college will

Provide fair compensation for all college employees

Become an environmentally sustainable community

Develop a more inclusive campus community that provides all members with avenues for participation and voice

Promote academic and personal integrity through opportunities for ethical reflection and periodic efforts to evaluate and strengthen the Honor System

Promote opportunities for a vibrant spiritual life

Continue to diversify the campus community and cultivate knowledge of and respect for diversity as key ingredients for educational excellence

Foster a culture of courtesy, civility and respect for all

Some of the ways the college will promote these ideals are:

  • Implementing a living wage policy based on a clear formula with processes for periodic assessment and adjustment
  • Refining benchmarks for faculty and staff compensation and developing a new performance management system
  • Becoming a charter member of the Presidents Climate Commitment, completing a greenhouse gas inventory, reducing energy use, supporting green construction, expanding the recycling program and implementing a plan to become climate-neutral
  • Creating a staff senate to provide employees with opportunities to suggest and pursue improvements in workplace climate
  • Introducing initiatives such as evening classes and new housing and meal options to enhance the Agnes Scott experience for Woodruff Scholars, post-baccalaureate and graduate students
  • Developing a plan to create a more family-friendly campus culture
  • Conducting periodic assessments of the Honor Code and creating structured opportunities for student ethical reflection through the Sophomore Retreat and e portfolios
  • Using the new Julia Thompson Smith Chapel to honor the college’s Reformed heritage and all faith traditions through enhanced religious life activities and interfaith dialogue
  • Making the Agnes Scott Commitment to Community more visible as a statement of core values for all members of the college community
  • Conducting a diversity inventory and developing initiatives to further diversify student enrollment and college leadership, including faculty, staff, trustees and alumnae leaders
  • Initiating training programs and practices designed to create a campus culture where courtesy, respect and empathetic communication are the norm
  • Assessing and revising business practices and office locations to promote communication, collaboration and excellence in service to students