Shared Values Statement
Boise State’s Statement of Shared Values defines these values: Academic Excellence, Caring, Citizenship, Fairness, Respect, Responsibility, and Trustworthiness. Building these values into our behavior creates an ideal space for learning, where we can all feel comfortable engaging with challenging tasks and ideas. In addition to the Shared Values, students are also expected to be familiar with the standards outlined in the Boise State University Student Code of Conduct and behave accordingly. If you have concerns about the Shared Values or see anyone in class, including the instructor, struggling to uphold them, you are encouraged to share your concerns with me.
Technique: Break students into seven groups and assign a shared value to each. Before they consult the Statement of Shared Values itself, ask each group to define their value, think about why the university has prioritized it as a value, and name as many ways the value might appear in the class as possible. Students should be encouraged to read through the rest of the syllabus to make strong connections to other class policies, upcoming assignments, etc. The small groups should report out their conversation to the larger group, and you can collect their notes from the activity to create a resource about the Shared Values that is posted in your course documents.