COMPAS Points is a bulletin of the Center for Ethics and Human Values (CEHV) highlighting original work related to the aims of the COMPAS program. COMPAS Points Volume 1 reports on a series of online deliberative forums on economic inequality and opportunity that CEHV supported using a platform provided to us by the Kettering Foundation, called “Common Ground for Action.” This research was led by COMPAS co-organizer and political science professor Michael Neblo.
COMPAS Points is therefore not just the name of the bulletin, but really the name of a new program in which CEHV is helping to support faculty and graduate students doing original research on the core deliberative values that COMPAS seeks to promote. As we grow, we hope COMPAS Points might eventually report on other original research, or short essays by program participants, or data visualizations using the Maximin educational platform we are developing, that reflect and promote COMPAS aims. We hope this will become an outlet and an engine for ideas about how CEHV might reach out to the University community and the public.
In this first year, we are especially grateful for the help of Ohio State’s First Year Success Series. Working with them, more than 200 first-year students enrolled in our forums. We were heartened by the results. At a time of great political polarization and presumed apathy among millennials, Ohio State students welcomed the chance to deliberate with their peers rather than retreat to partisan positions. Over time, we hope to use these forums to learn more about what and how Ohio State students think about a variety of important social and political issues.
You can learn what Ohio State students believe about economic inequality, security, and opportunity by reading COMPAS Points Volume 1.