2015-2016 Catalog 
    Dec 04, 2023  
2015-2016 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

College of Business and Administration

General Information
Business Programs of Study 
Research Centers
Student Organizations
Learning Outcomes
General Academic Policies



General Information


Venkateshwar Reddy, Dean
Dwire Hall, room 310
Telephone: (719) 255-3113
Fax: (719) 255-3494

The College of Business and Administration and the Graduate School of Business Administration were established in 1965. The College serves the needs of the Pikes Peak Region and Southern Colorado by developing professional and responsible managers, for continued education of those already in such positions, and for advancing research in business. It also serves the needs for business education throughout the world with its online education options.

The College works closely with the local business community in the professional development of its students. 


We are in the business of building successful futures.TM 


To be an internationally accredited and recognized College of Business that is an exciting place to be for students, faculty, staff, and others we serve, and that is known for its high quality undergraduate and MBA programs, areas of emphasis, and select specialized programs that build on our unique capabilities and market opportunities. We will achieve our mission by:

  • Earning a reputation for being the premier provider of business education in the markets we serve
  • Having internationally recognized faculty who are committed to teaching excellence and publishing valuable business research and knowledge
  • Providing an innovative, current, education of superior quality that integrates theory and practice and provides students with relevant knowledge and experiences in and outside the classroom
  • Providing valued service to the people, communities, and disciplines we serve
  • Attracting and retaining a diverse group of highly qualified students, faculty, and staff to our programs 

Core Values

Student Success

Paramount to everything we do and one of the keys to our uniqueness and success is our dedication to helping students succeed in our programs and in their careers.

Excellence, Integrity, and Professionalism

We believe that things worth doing are worth doing right with the highest ethical standards.


We want to encourage and be known for innovative thinking, practices, and programs.

Building Relationships

We are committed to developing mutually beneficial relationships and teamwork with all of our stakeholders.


Both the undergraduate and the graduate business degree programs are fully accredited by AACSB International- The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.


Dean: Venkateshwar Reddy. Associate Dean: Cathy Claiborne. Professors: Andrew Czaplewski, Alan Davis, Rebecca Duray, Jeffery Ferguson, Donald Gardner, Gary Klein, John Milliman, Eric Olson, Venkateshwar Reddy, Morgan Shepherd, Gregory Stock, Donald Warrick, and Thomas Zwirlein.  Associate Professors: Margaret Beranek, Cathy Claiborne, Tom Duening, Carol Finnegan, Monique French, Tracy Gonzalez-Padron,  Robert Hirschfeld, Brian McAllister, Blaise Sonnier,  and George Woodward.  Assistant Professors: Dustin Bluhm, Jill Bradley-Geist, Ying Fan, Spencer Harris, Martin Key, James Ma, Matthew Metzger,  Kathleen Tomlin, James Van Scotter, Yang Xu, Kimberly Zahller, and Mingming Zhou.  Senior Instructors:  William Ayen, Fred Crowley, David Leupp, Gordon Stringer, and Sheri Trumpfheller. Instructors:  Gregory Augspurger, Albert Batten, Diane Belger,  Anthony Santella, Colleen Stiles, and Scott Van Ness. Research Faculty: Tatiana Bailey. Emeritus Professors: Richard Discenza, Robert Keeley, Robert Knapp, Paul Miller, Edward Oppermann, James Rothe, Kirk Wilcox, and Robert Zawacki. 

Business Academic Advising

Undergraduate Academic Advising
Main Hall, 2nd Floor
1420 Austin Bluffs Parkway
Colorado Springs, CO 80918
(719) 255-3260
1-800-990-UCCS ext 3260
Fax: (719) 255-3645
email: success@uccs.edu

Graduate Academic Advising
Graduate School of Business Administration
Dwire Hall 333
1420 Austin Bluffs Parkway
Colorado Springs, CO 80918
(719) 255-3408, 1-800-990-8227, ext 3408
Fax: (719) 255-3100
email: mba@uccs.edu

Internship and Career Placement Center

Dwire Hall 301

The Internship and Career Placement Center for undergraduate and graduate business students assists students searching for business internships and for part-time and full time positions; it also provides assistance with resume writing and career direction. This Web site links undergrads, MBA students and alumni to area and national employers who are looking for qualified employees to fill open positions. For appointments, email: cobplace@uccs.edu or call (719) 255-3120. Visit the Career and Placement website

Research Centers

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The College of Business Center for Entrepreneurship

The Center for Entrepreneurship in the College of Business is dedicated to providing leadership in scholarship and education in entrepreneurship for the College and the University.  The Center offers a minor in entrepreneurship that is open to every student on the UCCS campus.  It also spearheads the UCCS Sports/Outdoors Business Plan Competition and is leading the effort to bring the first TEDx event to Colorado Springs.  The Center is focused on leveraging the region’s comparative advantages to help build an industry cluster in the sports/outdoors verticals.  Leveraging the fact that the region is home to the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) and a major USOC training facility, the unparalleled living environment, and the fact that the city is home to 24 national sports governing bodies, the Center is promoting entrepreneurship in sports/outdoor ventures. 

Southern Colorado Economic Forum

The Forum provides businesses in El Paso County with economic and quality of life information which is used to assess local economic conditions. The objective of the Economic Forum is to provide timely and useful information focused specifically on the Pikes Peak Region. This information serves as a community progress report, identifying areas where the local community excels as well as areas where it faces challenges.

Student Organizations


Student organizations, which provide opportunities for professional development and for recognition of scholastic achievement of students, are supported by the College of Business.  The following are student organizations in the College of Business:

Accounting Honor Society:  Honor society for College of Business accounting students

Beta Gamma Sigma (BGS): Membership in BGS is an honor, which must be earned through outstanding scholastic achievement.  Students are invited to apply for membership.  Such membership is one of the highest scholastic honors that a student in a business or management program can attain. To be eligible for Beta Gamma Sigma membership, students must rank in the top 7 percent of their second-semester junior class, the top10 percent of their senior class, or in the top 20 percent of those students receiving Master’s degrees.  BGS chapters may be chartered only in those schools of business and management accredited by AACSB International - The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.

Delta Sigma Pi:  International fraternity for business students

Marketing Club: Marketing Club is made up of UCCS students interested in Marketing who want additional experiential learning opportunities beyond the classroom.  The current focus is on students working to improve Career Intelligence through programs and projects to explore career opportunities in marketing as well as afford networking opportunities between each other and career professionals.  The UCCS Marketing Club is made up of a Leadership Team that governs the organization and facilitates projects and programming for general members who can attend the program events and meetings held throughout the year.

MBA Student Association:  Networking and social opportunities for MBA students

SHRM:  Student Chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management.

Student Center for Public Trust: The Student Center for the Public Trust (StudentCPT) is a national network of college students who demonstrate a commitment to ethical leadership. 

College of Business and Administration Learning Outcomes


Business, BS–Bachelor of Science

Our students will:

  • Know core business concepts.
  • Be effective communicators.
  • Demonstrate problem solving skills supported by appropriate analytical, quantitative and qualitative techniques for tactical and operational decision-making.
  • Demonstrate effective teamwork skills.
  • Understand ethical issues, including sustainability and social responsibility, and how they impact business and society.
  • Have a global perspective
  •  Understand key issues of operating in diverse organizations
  • Be able to integrate core business concepts across disciplines.

Business, MBA-Master of Business Administration

Our students will demonstrate the ability to:

  • Understand and apply knowledge in accounting, finance, information technology, management, marketing, operations and strategy.
  • Make decisions that incorporate ethical principles, legal obligations and social responsibility (including sustainability) and that consider all stakeholders.
  • Function effectively as a team member and a team leader in a diverse business environment.
  • Communicate professionally and effectively.
  • Think critically and analyze and synthesize information for problem identification and effective managerial decision-making.
  • Recognize, appreciate and respect diversity and cultural differences in order to adapt and succeed in global business environments.

College of Business and Administration General Academic Policies


The following academic policies are applicable to all students enrolled in the College of Business and Administration or the Graduate School of Business Administration. All students are responsible for knowing and following the provisions set forth in this Catalog and in the Registration Handbook. Any questions concerning these provisions are to be directed to Academic Advising (undergraduate inquiries) or the Graduate School of Business Administration Advising Office (graduate inquiries). It is the responsibility of the student to know and observe program requirements and deadlines.

In an effort to incorporate new business techniques and paradigms into business programs, as well as to meet the needs of students on a timely basis, the College of Business periodically makes changes to curricula. The academic policies and regulations stated herein are in effect at the time this Catalog is published but may be subject to change; these changes may not be reflected in this Catalog. We therefore encourage students to visit our website. Any questions should be directed to the Academic Advising Offices (undergraduate or graduate).

Academic Dishonesty

The College of Business follows and enforces the student conduct rules and policies that are set forth by the university and are listed in the Student Rights and Responsibilities  section of the Academic Catalog.

Students caught engaging in academic dishonesty may receive a zero on the assignment in question, an “F” in the class, or be suspended from the College of Business and/or university.

Academic Policies

Administrative Drop
Through the semester census date, individual faculty, program directors or the dean may initiate the process to drop students who do not have the proper course prerequisites and/or class standing for courses. Students who fail to meet written class attendance policies may be administratively dropped. Students who do not attend the first class without receiving prior permission from the instructor may also be dropped. 

Attendance Policy
It is the expectation of the College of Business and Administration that students will attend all classes.  However, classroom attendance policy is left to the discretion of the faculty member. Students are responsible for knowing the attendance policies of individual instructors. Business faculty may drop students who do not attend the first class (without prior permission from the instructor). This policy allows the adding of wait-listed students who attend the first class. Students registering after the first class meeting should obtain approval from the instructor prior to enrolling and are responsible for all assignments, notes, materials, etc. given during missed instructional time. 

Ethical Principles

The College of Business participates in the Daniels Fund Ethics Initiative that advances principle-based ethics. The Principles provide a framework for personal and organizational decision-making and leadership that College of Business students can utilize both in the classroom and in their future careers. 

Daniels Fund Ethics Initiative Principles

Integrity - Act with honesty in all situations

Trust - Build trust in all stakeholder relationships

Accountability - Accept responsibility for all decisions

Transparency - Maintain open and truthful communications

Fairness - Engage in fair competition and create equitable and just relationships

Respect - Honor the rights, freedoms, views, and property of others

Rule of Law - Comply with the spirit and intent of laws and regulations

Viability - Create long-term value for all relevant stakeholders

Grading Policies

Audit/No Credit
The College will not approve business courses taken as audit or for no credit.

Failed Courses
Although failed courses may be repeated, the earned F will remain on the student’s transcript and will be included in his/her grade point average.

Grade Appeals
Final grades as reported by faculty are to be considered permanent and final. While it is the sole prerogative of the faculty to award grades, it is also a student’s right to appeal a course grade that he or she feels was awarded in error or unfairly.

In any appeal, it is understood that the burden of proof justifying a change of grade is upon the student. Each step in the appeal process should be completed in a timely manner. The academic year consists of three semesters, summer, fall and spring. A student should initiate a grade appeal no more than one semester after the initial grade was assigned.  For each course, a student may appeal only once.  It is the student’s responsibility to produce all materials that have been returned to the class relevant to the determination of the grade. It is the faculty member’s responsibility to produce all materials relevant to the grade which have not been returned to the student. In the event that group project materials were part of the student’s grade, it is the student’s responsibility to produce all those materials that were returned to the group that are relevant to the grade. At all stages of this process, the faculty of record shall be kept informed of the appeal and be provided with copies of all written records. Furthermore, the faculty shall be notified of any proposed grade change.

Step I The student must first appeal directly to the course instructor. It is expected that most disagreements will be resolved at this level. In extraordinary circumstances (absence or death of the faculty member or in instances involving formal complaints of harassment or discrimination in the award of a grade) this step can be bypassed and the student can move on to Step II.

Step II If a student cannot resolve the disagreement with the course instructor, then he or she may appeal to the department chair. In the event that the course instructor is the Department Chair, the Associate Dean will act as the Department Chair. The department chair has the discretion to handle the issue verbally or to ask the student to put the complaint/issue into writing including why the grade was unfair or in error.  If the department chair asks for the issue in writing, the time limit will be two weeks for the student to do so. If the appeal is found to be justified, a recommendation will be made to the course faculty member to change the grade.

Step III The student may appeal the Department Chair’s finding to the Dean’s level of the College of Business. The Dean may consult or refer appeal to the Graduate or Undergraduate Team, whichever is appropriate. At the Dean’s level, all appeals must be in writing.  In cases where formal allegations of harassment or discrimination accompany the appeal, the Dean will consult the Director of Affirmative Action.  The decision of the Dean is final, and the dean has the authority to change the grade. 

Incomplete Grades
In special circumstances, a student may be awarded an incomplete grade (I).  Incomplete grades (I) are only appropriate for students who have completed a substantial portion of the semester but then become ill, or encounter other documentable extenuating circumstances beyond their control, preventing them from completing their course work.

Instructors have the sole discretion to award an incomplete grade. The purpose of an incomplete grade is to allow students to make up missing work or exams. To resolve an incomplete grade, the student must meet with their instructor to develop a plan for completion and must submit the specified work by the deadline established. Students may not attend any part of the course a second time in an effort to complete a pending incomplete without re-enrolling. If a student elects to re-enroll before resolving the incomplete, the most recent grade, in addition to the (I), will remain on the student’s permanent academic record. In all cases where an incomplete is not remedied within one calendar year, the (I) grade will automatically convert to an F on the student’s permanent academic record. Students are responsible to ensure that all incomplete grades are resolved at least four weeks prior to their scheduled graduation date.

Pass/Fail Course Registration
With the exception of BUAD 3010, 3020, 3030, internships numbered 4960 and 6960, and certain experimental courses, students in the College of Business and Administration may not use courses taken on a pass/fail basis to satisfy required courses. Only open electives may be taken on a pass/fail basis and applied towards the undergraduate degree. No pass/fail courses may be taken and applied toward the Graduate degree program. Pass/fail determination must be made within the first two weeks of the semester and is irreversible.

Independent Study

Junior, senior and graduate business students desiring to explore business topics beyond regular business course coverage may take variable credit independent study courses (1-3 semester hours) under the direction of a full-time member of the faculty who approves the project. The student must also have the prior approval of the dean. Information and request forms are available in the College of Business graduate and undergraduate offices. To receive degree credit for independent study and experimental studies courses in non-business areas, students must obtain the approval of the College of Business and Administration Dean prior to registering for the course. The College of Business and Administration does not grant credit for work experience or cooperative education programs. Tutoring of lower division courses is considered a form of work experience, and is not accepted for academic credit. A maximum of 6 hours of pre-approved independent study credit may be applied to the undergraduate business or MBA degrees. 


The College of Business and Administration offers the opportunity for business students, undergraduate and graduate, to obtain internships both for credit and not for credit. Information on business internships is available by contacting the Director of Internship and Placement.  

Listening In

The College of Business participates in the campus wide Listening In program for lifelong learners age 55 and older.  Participants may sit in on regular-session classes on a space-available basis with the permission of the course instructor and academic program director.  No academic credit is earned.  Participants do not submit assignments, complete exams, or engage in group projects.  Online classes are not available for Listening In.  Program application and details are on the Extended Studies website.  


A business student can request a modification or exception to the academic program requirements or policies that are in place for the College of Business.  The process to request a modification or an exception is done via a College of Business Petition Form (available from an academic advisor).  The forms must be typed and must be accompanied by documentation to warrant a modification or exception.  Once a petition is received by the appropriate advisor, the petition is then reviewed by the Undergraduate Team for the undergraduate programs or the Graduate Team for the graduate program.  The teams are comprised of representatives from each department in business, the undergraduate/graduate program director(s), the associate dean for academic programs, and the undergraduate business advisors (if applicable). Once a petition has been reviewed the student will be notified about the status of the petition. 

Transfer Credit

The College of Business and Administration reserves the right to disallow any credit it determines not to be appropriate. Only credit from regionally accredited institutions will be considered for transfer to the undergraduate degree program, and from AACSB accredited graduate programs to the MBA degree.



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