Work Ethics Grading Policies

Lanier 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 within a designated entry level course in each program.

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


The Work Ethics traits will not be formally addressed in General Education or other core 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 and a for-credit quiz will be included on BLACKBOARD or in class for the designated courses. Instructors of these courses can proceed with instruction of traits in a method that suits the design of the course/program.

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

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

The official transcript of 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: