Colorado State University this month was named as one of the top character-building universities in the nation by the prestigious John Templeton Foundation.
Colorado State joins the Air Force Academy as the only schools in Colorado selected to appear in the foundation’s biennial publication, "1997-1998 Honor Roll for Character- Building Colleges." As part of the organization’s selection process, Colorado State submitted a brief statement that summarized the university’s commitment to character building. Colorado State also was evaluated on an essay that detailed its character-building activities and programs. A six-member panel composed of national higher-education officials reviewed each school’s nomination materials to help determine the extent to which the institution inspires students to develop and strengthen their moral reasoning skills; encourages spiritual growth and moral values; provides community-building experiences; advocates a drug-free lifestyle; and conducts a critical assessment of its character-building programs and activities. Schools chosen to be listed in the Honor Roll were selected without regard to size or affiliation. Previous honor rolls have recognized 124 colleges and universities nationwide.
This fall, the foundation plans to distribute more than 65,000 copies of the Honor Roll publication without charge to public libraries, high-school guidance counselors and interested parents and students throughout the United States. The Honor Roll also is distributed at various higher-education related national conventions.
"It’s a great honor to be recognized as a character-building university," said Colorado State University President Albert Yates. "Being selected also is a tribute to administrators, faculty and staff who work very hard to provide students with character-building programs and activities through offices on campus, including Community Services, Center for Drug and Alcohol Education and Residence Life."
The John Templeton Foundation, located in Radnor, Pa., was established in 1987 by international investment manager Sir John Templeton. The foundation’s activities include studies, award programs and publications that promote character development of young people in secondary schools, colleges and universities.