Teaching Ethics in Higher Education Using the Values – Issues – Action (VIA) Model

Crystal R Chambers, Hellen Ransom
Journal for the Study of Postsecondary and Tertiary Education  •  Volume 1  •  2016  •  pp. 013-034
Ethics content within higher education graduate programs can help higher education students as emerging leaders become more thoughtful about the decision making process. The purpose of the present manuscript is to explore one vehicle through which current and future higher education leaders can actively contemplate their values and how their values influence their actions when faced with an ethical challenge. The Values – Issue – Action (VIA) Model for Ethical Decision Making is a tool for both classroom use and professional reflection through which one can reflect on their values (V) and how those values shape how they perceive issues (I), and in turn shape their actions (A). Implications for teaching, learning, and practice are discussed.
Ethics, Graduate Education, Professional Programs, Leadership
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