Jan 19, 2010 6:56 PM by Andy Koen

Emphasis on ethics

In the wake of all of the large corporate scandals that have grabbed headlines recently there's a greater demand for business ethics education at colleges and universities.

On Tuesday, the Daniels Fund announced via teleconference the creation of a $7.5 million grant to be divided among six western colleges and universities, including University of Colorado at Colorado Springs and Colorado State University.

The money is to be used to expand ethics studies with programs developed through the schools' respective business departments.

UCCS Chancellor Pam Shockley-Zalabak says their goal is to help students to make  ethical choices once they join the working world.

"Often times and particularly young people make ethical mistakes, principled-based ethical mistakes because they really haven't thought broadly about the implications."

Shockley-Zalabak says most ethics studies today focus on corporate CEO's or other organizational leaders and that more is needed to establish ethical practices at the entry level.

"Students don't go into those positions when they graduate, so how do you think about ethics based behavior that is also good business practice over a career?"

UCCS's $1.25 million will be used insert stronger ethics studies into every degree track at university.  The business school will develop ethics modules that will serve as core curriculum for other departments on campus.

The university also plans use its ties to the local business community to develop its program.  UCCS is sharing the grant money with schools in Wyoming, Utah and New Mexico.


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