Work Ethics Program

Columbus Technical College instructs and evaluates students on work ethics in all programs of study. Ten work ethics traits are defined as essential for student success and are listed in the table below. The definitions for these traits have been integrated into the program standards of each program curriculum thereby allowing each program to make work ethics a relevant and meaningful part of the program curriculum. The traits are assessed before the student graduates from the program.

Work Ethic Traits

The evaluation of students’ work ethics is part of the teaching process. Evaluation is based on the identified set of ten work ethics traits that are continually evaluated by instructors in the assessment process. Instructors provide feedback to students with clear directions for remedial action. A separate work ethics grade for each course will appear on students’ transcripts.

Trait Definition
Appearance Displays appropriate dress, grooming, and hygiene.
Attendance Attends class; arrives/leaves on time; notifies instructor in advance of planned absences.
Attitude Demonstrates a positive outlook; demonstrates mannerly behavior; follows chain of command.
Character Displays loyalty, honesty, trustworthiness, dependability, reliability, initiative, self-discipline, and self-responsibility.
Communication Displays appropriate nonverbal, verbal, and written skills.
Cooperation Handles criticism, conflicts, and complaints appropriately; works well with others.
Organizational Skills Prioritizes and manages time and resources effectively; demonstrates flexibility in handling change; follows directions and procedures for the work environment.
Productivity Completes tasks assigned efficiently, effectively, and timely; demonstrates problem-solving capabilities.
Respect Tolerates other points of view; acknowledges and appreciates rights of others; has regard for diversity.
Teamwork Works collaboratively with others toward a common goal in a respectful and cooperative manner; participates appropriately as a team member.

Guidelines:

The Work Ethics traits will not be formally addressed in General Education or other cores courses. 

The Work Ethics traits will be introduced in a designated entry level course in each program.  Students will be told how and when they will be assessed.  Modules of instruction will be included on ANGEL for that course.  Instructor for the course can proceed with instruction of traits in a method that suits the design of the course.  

Program instructors will continue to incorporate the traits informally throughout the program courses. 

The Work Ethics traits will be emphasized formally again in a designated capstone course for the program.  Modules of instruction will be included on ANGEL for this course and a written assessment of each student will be done before course completion.  A grade of Pass/Fail will be assigned.  Students may review the modules and take the assessment until the grade of Pass (score of 80%) is achieved.  Students who have not achieved a grade of Pass at the end of the term will receive an incomplete grade for the course.  

A Student Learning Outcome related to Work Ethics will be written for each program. 

Students will not receive a separate Work Ethics grade for any course.  

The official transcript for the college will include the following statement:

An emphasis, instruction and assessment on Work Ethics Traits are included in every program of study. These traits include appearance, attendance, attitude, character, communication, cooperation, organizational skills, productivity, respect, and teamwork.

The following statement will appear in every course syllabus:

The Technical College System of Georgia instructs and evaluates students on work ethics in all programs of study. Ten work ethics traits have been identified and defined as essential for student success: appearance, attendance, attitude, character, communication, cooperation, organizational skills, productivity, respect, and teamwork.