College of Business and Economics – Mission, Values & Vision


The mission of the College of Business and Economics is to prepare students to make ethical choices and succeed in a dynamic business environment shaped by the challenges of a competitive global economy, emerging technologies, and diverse stakeholders.


CBE values excellence in teaching and learning in an innovative academic environment that is inclusive and student-centered. We value engagement in the business and economic life of the communities we serve — locally, regionally, and globally. We value research, critical and creative thinking, effective communication, ethical decision-making, and multi-cultural understanding. We value academic freedom and the open exchange of ideas and viewpoints in an environment of mutual respect..


We strive to be known for:

  • Outstanding academic programs, recognized for their excellence
  • Graduates who are innovative and effective problem solvers, skilled in organizing and expressing their ideas
  • Outstanding faculty scholarship
  • Curricula that foster active student participation through applied learning, research, and community service
  • High academic standards along with services and support that provide each student the opportunity for success
  • An array of activities that prepare students for professional success
  • A learning-centered experience where teaching is lively and engaging and individual differences are appreciated
  • Dedication to open-minded inquiry, especially with regard to major business, economic and global issues
  • Programs for students to pursue international opportunities
  • A welcoming college atmosphere that is responsive to the needs of our CBE community
  • An inclusive CBE community where students, faculty, and staff from vastly different backgrounds collaborate — creating and sustaining a vibrant learning community
  • Highly ethical and socially responsible students
  • Engagement in and essential contributions to the economic well-being of our region and communities

(adopted by the faculty 25 September 2007, revised 20 September 2011)

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