University of Colorado at Colorado Springs
The business world isn't always thought to have the highest ethics — ahem, housing crash — but one charitable fund is looking to change that.
The Daniels Fund
will expand an ethics program at eight universities, including the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs
Following the success of a pilot program at the eight schools, the Daniels Fund plans to pump $11 million more into the program, including $1.25 million over the next five years into UCCS. The money is used to integrate principle-based ethics teaching into classes at the UCCS College of Business as well as to create separate classes on ethics. There is also a community outreach component.
Daniels Fund approves $1.25 million UCCS ethics grant
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — The board of directors for Denver-based Daniels Fund recently approved $11 million to continue the Daniels Fund Ethics Initiative including a program at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs.
In announcing its decision Dec. 8, the Daniels Fund said its board evaluated the success of the five-year pilot program at eight universities and opted to increase the number of participants and the number of students reached.
UCCS is part of an original eight-university consortium that in 2010 launched an ethics program designed to strengthen the teaching of principle-based ethics in the college, on the campus and in the community. The initiative reflected the late Bill Daniels’ personal commitment to ethics and integrity. At UCCS, the initiative is led by Tracy Gonzalez-Padron, associate professor, College of Business, and Liz Moore, coordinator, College of Business.
“I am pleased the Daniels Fund will continue to support our efforts to create a more ethical environment on campus and in the community,” Venkat Reddy, dean, College of Business, said. “We have demonstrated our ability to make a difference as well as the need for continued work in this important area.”
For UCCS, the renewal will mean an additional $1.25 million over the next five years to fund the objectives set out in the grant proposal that include community outreach efforts.
In its report to Daniels, the UCCS College of Business cited as its successes the integration of ethics discussions into existing courses in business, philosophy, nursing, communications, education, psychology, engineering, criminal justice and public administration. Additionally, ethics-specific courses were developed for undergraduate and graduate business students and ethic modules for Gateway Program Seminars. Fourteen faculty members were selected as campus Daniels Fund Ethics Initiative fellows and several competitions and seminars and workshops were sponsored with heavy community business leader involvement. The initiative also sponsored several high-profile speakers who visited campus.
Other schools that will continue in the initiative are Colorado State University College of Business, New Mexico State University College of Business, University of Denver–Daniels College of Business, University of New Mexico Anderson School of Management, University of Northern Colorado Monfort College of Business, University of Utah–David Eccles School of Business and University of Wyoming College of Business.
New schools include Colorado Mesa University Department of Business, University of Colorado Denver Business School, and University of Colorado Law School.
Executive leaders from all members of the Ethics Consortium work collaboratively to share expertise and resources.
Bill Daniels, a pioneer in cable television, established the Daniels Fund to extend his legacy of giving far beyond his lifetime. The Daniels Fund operates the Daniels Fund Scholarship Program, the Daniels Fund Grants Program, and the Daniels Fund Ethics Initiative in Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming. For more information, visit www.DanielsFund.org
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 37 bachelor’s degrees, 19 master’s and five doctoral degrees. UCCS enrolls about 11,000 students on campus annually and another 2,000 in online programs. For more information, visit www.uccs.edu .