“What a wise and wonderful book! The team of Plante and Plante focus on one of the most important and challenging issues in higher education—how best to bake sound ethical precepts into the identity of college students so that they follow those precepts in later life. Every arena of college life is covered. With numerous telling illustrations of what to do and why, the coauthors give concrete advice to faculty, staff, and administrators. This is a book that belongs not on their bookshelves, but rather distilled into the daily education of their students.”
“I have been in higher education for more than 30 years. The Internet, among other changes, has introduced ethical challenges that did not exist when most ethics textbooks were written, everything from instant pornography to hook-up apps to made-to-order term papers. The ethical landscape for today’s college student is a virtual mine field of life-shaping decision points. The Plantes' book provides a map through that mine field and addresses a need too long unaddressed. This textbook is replete with real-life dilemmas and thoughtful considerations of how to approach them. The authors deliver on their promise to 'provide a model for imparting the skills of ethical decision-making to college students during a time of great transition, temptation, and unprecedented freedom.' This book offers life skills whose worth extends far beyond the college years and provides a framework for lives of responsibility, integrity, and compassion.”
“True education, as noted by Martin Luther King, Jr., brings forward intelligence and character. In Graduating with Honor, Professors Thomas Plante and Lori Plante seek to advance true education in this sense by defining best practices for nurturing ethics—ethical formation—among college students. The authors provide guidance to students as well as educators, parents, and leaders, illuminating the path for creating an optimal environment for ethical development on college campuses. Situated in the realities of dorms, athletics, and classrooms, this beautifully written text offers insights and practices that are of immediate value to those engaged in campus life. Rather than bringing ethical theory 'down' to the real world, however, Professors Plante and Plante elevate the discussion of college life to enrich our understanding of the hardest moral issues of the day: dishonesty, sexual exploitation, violence, injustice. Martin Luther King, Jr., also reminded us that a person has 'not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity.' Professors Plante and Plante through their words and example invite their readers to live more fully by recognizing the role of ethical formation in college students who will shoulder many of the responsibilities of humanity in the future.”
"Graduating with Honors is a comprehensive resource offering practical options for the ethical formation of college students. The authors have captured the subtle complexities of the college student experience and offer a range of formation practices that are accessible to students, parents, and student affairs professionals alike.”
"Amid a chorus of pessimism and disillusionment about our colleges and universities, Lori and Tom Plante offer up a refreshing critique that takes an honest look at our contemporary challenges and suggest practical steps for faculty, administrators, and parents. Graduating with Honor calls us to imagine how we can deliver on higher education's promise for today's young people as they search for honorable lives of meaning and consequence."