UCCS and Daniels Fund to spearhead ethical business education in southern Colorado

Eric Nissen, UCCS, (719) 255-3755, [email protected] Bruce Wilmsen, Daniels Fund, (720) 941-4429, [email protected] Tom Hutton, UCCS, (719) 255-3439, (719) 351-6519, [email protected]
Tracy Gonzalez-Padron
Tracy Gonzalez-Padron

COLORADO SPRINGS – The University of Colorado Colorado Springs College of Business, in conjunction with the Denver-based Daniels Fund, is launching a program to broaden its principle-based ethics education to nine colleges and universities in southern Colorado.

This program commits $120,000 toward training, support and engagement with the cooperating schools during the next four years.

Housed in the College of Business, the Daniels Fund Ethics Initiative at UCCS is a resource for principle-based ethics education, serving students, educators, business leaders and the community, and will serve as the hub for this outreach. Each college will select an ethics champion who will spread learning opportunities to their respective campuses with support from Tracy Gonzalez-Padron, program director. The participating schools are:

  • Adams State University
  • Colorado State University – Pueblo
  • Ft. Lewis College
  • Western State Colorado University
  • Lamar Community College
  • Otero Junior College
  • Pueblo Community College
  • Pikes Peak Community College
  • Trinidad State Junior College

The schools are all part of a Southern Colorado Higher Education Consortium, a group of southern Colorado colleges and universities that work cooperatively to increase the number of southern Colorado residents who attend college.

“We are delighted to expand the success of the Daniels Fund Ethics Initiative at UCCS throughout more of southern Colorado’s higher education institutions, including many of our partner schools and universities,” Venkat Reddy, dean, College of Business, said. “Ethical decision making skills have never been more important in business and throughout society, and we are excited to be a resource and catalyst for this important curriculum.”

Since 2010, the UCCS College of Business has developed curriculum to embed ethical decision making across business disciplines. The college has led an effort to spread principle based ethics across all areas of academic study on the campus and into the greater community. Through a collaborative effort involving 36 UCCS faculty, members of the community, and 11 institutions of higher education in the Daniels Fund Ethics Consortium, the UCCS College of Business is a strong ethics education resource for southern Colorado.

“Our founder, Bill Daniels, considered his reputation for honesty and integrity to be his most valuable business asset, and he believed in the importance of teaching ethics in colleges and universities,” said Linda Childears, president & CEO of the Daniels Fund. “We are excited about this opportunity to expand principle-based ethics education to reach so many students throughout southern Colorado.”

About the sponsors

The Daniels Fund Ethics Initiative at UCCS aims to instill ethical principles into the personal and organizational decision-making process of every member of the UCCS community. The initiative is funded by a grant from the Daniels Fund in Denver. For more information, visit http://www.uccs.edu/~businessethics/

The Daniels Fund, established by cable television pioneer Bill Daniels, is a private charitable foundation dedicated to making life better for the people of Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming through its grants program, scholarship program, and ethics initiative. The Daniels Fund Ethics Initiative strives to deliver principle-based ethics education, and reinforce the value of ethical business and personal conduct. The Ethics Initiative encompasses three components — the Collegiate Program, the High School Program, and the free online Case Bank — each with a specific approach and target audience. For more information, visit www.DanielsFund.org.

The UCCS College of Business was established in 1965 and has more than 1,100 undergraduates and 350 MBA and distance MBA students. The College of Business and Administration awards the Bachelor of Science in Business and Bachelor of Innovation degrees. The Graduate School of Business Administration awards the Master of Business Administration and Master of Science in Accounting degrees. More than 9,000 alumni of the College of Business live and work around the world. For more information, visit www.uccs.edu/business.

The University of Colorado Colorado Springs, located on Austin Bluffs Parkway in Colorado Springs, is one of the fastest growing universities in Colorado. The university offers 39 bachelor’s degrees, 20 master’s and five doctoral degrees. UCCS enrolls about 11,300 students on campus annually and another 2,000 in online programs. For more information, visit www.uccs.edu.