Ernest L. Boyer was the innovator of the Boyer’s six principles for community. Ernest L. Boyer was the president of the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching until 1995 when he passed away. In 1990, the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching started a study of community in relation to the college and university campuses which was entitled Campus life: In Search of Community. To achieve this task, the team conducted a year-long research which included visiting sites, taking surveys from college and university presidents and surveys from chief student officer affairs. On completion of this research, Ernest Boyer defined his 6 principles, known as Boyer’s six principles of community that would define the kind of community every university and college should strive towards becoming. (Peska)
The six principles that Ernest defined were: purposeful, open, just, disciplined, caring and celebrative. These were the six basic principles of community that Ernest believed that all colleges and universities should try their best to achieve in order to achieve progress and prosperity at the same time the college community.
First principle laid down by Ernest was purposeful. This principle defines the fact that there should exists a purpose in the community meaning that the people in the society, the faculty and the students share same academic goals as well as work in accordance with each other to create an environment in the community that encourages teaching as well as learning in the community. In all aspects of the contemporary world goals of related parties need to be coherent in order achieve the maximum out of the possibility. Even in management, in order to achieve goals in an effective and efficient manner, employees and managers need to define goals and work in collaboration with each other thereby increasing efficiency and productivity. Hence I believe that yes, purposefulness needs to exist in the community to achieve greater learning. We must also accept the fact that learning is a two-way deal. The teacher might have more knowledge but at the end of the day the exchange to wisdom is mutual regardless of prior knowledge, as explained by Ernest- learning is central. Our university can practice this principle through practicing methods such as conducting activities that not only helps the students learn more but in fact provide the teachers with learning as well, that is, providing them with an incentive such as incentives for out of class learning. Therefore I do believe that yes, this principle should exist in our community of Indiana University. (Boyer)