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Compassion development in higher education
  • Roxanne Rashedi
  • Thomas G. Plante, Santa Clara University
  • Erin S. Callister
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Rosemead School of Psychology, Biola University
Many schools of psychology and religious studies intend to promote the cultivation of compassion. Compassion is currently an integral area of study in psychology, religious studies, and higher education, specifically in faith-based higher education. While secular universities in the United States strive to generate disciplinary-based knowledge through scholarship, their ability to promote students' use of the information they are learning to create positive social change has typically lagged. Conscious of the magnitude of today's global issues and dissatisfied with the current disparity between the world's reality and university curricula, scholars have begun to re-imagine the role of higher education in forming the leaders who will face our most exigent problems. The present article reviews how compassion can be integrated into university curriculum, specifically in faith-based institutions. The article also discusses how compassion can be measured throughout the course of undergraduates' careers.

Copyright © 2015 by Rosemead School of Psychology. Reprinted with permission.

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Rashedi, R., Plante, T. G., & Callister, E. S. "Compassion development in higher education." Journal of Psychology and Theology, 2015, Vol. 43, No. 2, 131-139.