2012-2013 Catalog 
    Mar 04, 2024  
2012-2013 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 was 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 Distance MBA program.

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 Deans: Rebecca Duray and Gregory Stock. Professors: Andrew Czaplewski, Alan Davis, Rebecca Duray, Jeffery Ferguson, Donald Gardner, Gary Klein, Paul Miller, John Milliman, Eric Olson, Venkateshwar Reddy, Morgan Shepherd, Gregory Stock, Donald Warrick, Thomas Zwirlein.  Associate Professors: Charles Beck, Margaret Beranek, Cathy Claiborne, Monique Dooley, Brian McAllister .  Assistant Professors: Dustin Bluhm, Ying Fan, Carol Finnegan, Tracy Gonzalez-Padron, Babak Hayati, Robert Hirschfeld, Gregory Martin, Matthew Metzger, Blaise Sonnier, George Woodward, Yang Xu, Kimberly Zahller, Mingming Zhou.  Associate Research Professor: Frederick Crowley.  Instructors: David Askinas, William Ayen, Albert Batten, Charlene Boudreau, Garrett Klugh, Peggy Knock, David Leupp, Gordon Stringer, Kenneth Sylvester, Sheri Trumpfheller, Sally von Breton, and Sam White. Emeritus Professors: Richard Discenza, Robert Keeley, Robert Knapp, Edward Oppermann, James Rothe, Kirk Wilcox, and Robert Zawacki.


Business Academic Advising

Undergraduate: Student Success Center
Main Hall, 2nd Floor
1420 Austin Bluffs Parkway
Colorado Springs, CO 80918
(719) 255-3260 or (719) 255-3630
1-800-990-UCCS ext 3260 or 3630
Fax: (719) 255-3645
E-mail: success@uccs.edu
Website: www.uccs.edu\ssc

Graduate: MBA 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
E-mail: mba@uccs.edu
Website: www.uccs.edu\mba

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: business@uccs.edu or call (719) 255-3120. Visit the Career and Placement Web site at: http://www.uccs.edu/business/index/career-and-placement.html.

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 regions 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.

Small Business Development Center

The purpose of the Colorado SBDC network is to offer business consulting and training that maximizes the economic potential of Colorado entrepreneurs. Our mission is to help businesses start, grow, and prosper in Colorado. Our vision is to be the number one statewide business resource for entrepreneurs in Colorado. The Colorado Springs SBDC assists small businesses in El Paso and Teller County. 

The Colorado Springs SBDC offers free confidential and professional one-on-one counseling and low-cost business training workshops.  Most workshops are between 2-4 hours in length and are free for UCCS staff, faculty and students to attend.  To contact the Colorado Springs SBDC, please call 719-255-3844 or visit the website at www.cssbdc.org

The Colorado Springs Small Business Development Center is proud to be hosted by the College of Business at UCCS.  The Small Business Development Center is also sponsored by the U.S. Small Business Administration and the City of Colorado Springs.

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 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:

Delta Sigma Pi:  International fraternity for business students
SHRM:  Student Chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management
MBA Student Association:  Networking and social opportunities for MBA students
SIFE:  Students in Free Enterprise
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.
Net Impact: Net Impact is an international nonprofit organization with a mission to inspire, educate, and equip individuals to use the power of business to create a more socially and environmentally sustainable world.

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.


College of Business and Administration Learning Outcomes


Business, BS–Bachelor of Science

Our students will:

  • Have a core knowledge of 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 and how they impact business and society.
  • Have a global perspective and 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 be able to:

  • Evaluate information and determine ethical, legal, and social responsibilities of management decision-making in changing global environments.
  • Communicate and function effectively as an individual, a team member and team leader.
  • Think critically and apply business concepts that integrate financial theories, analysis, reporting, and capital markets for effective management of an organization.
  • Analyze and synthesize information for management decision-making and problem solving using appropriate technology and decision tools.
  • Assess and evaluate how technology impacts the organization, and how a global perspective affects the design and implementation of technology for organizations.
  • Identify the needs and wants of target groups of individuals and organizations and develop product and service offerings, in alignment with strategic objectives, which satisfy those needs. 
  • Manage the processes and value chains used to produce goods and services to meet strategic objectives and create sustainable competitive advantage.
  • Recognize the importance of cultural differences in or to adapt and function in changing global 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 Schedule of Courses. Any questions concerning these provisions are to be directed to the Student Success Center (undergraduate inquiries) or the Graduate School of Business Administration MBA 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 Web site at: www.uccs.edu/business. Any questions should be directed to the Student Success Center or the MBA Advising Office.

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. 

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 instructors are to be considered permanent and final. While it is the sole prerogative of the instructor to award grades, it is also a student’s right to appeal a final 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. 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 instructor of record shall be kept informed of the appeal and be provided with copies of all written records. Furthermore, the instructor 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 instructor 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 instructor, then he or she may appeal to 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. 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 instructor to change the grade.

Step III If the student still believes that the grading procedure was unfair or in error, then he or she may appeal to the Graduate or Undergraduate Team, whichever is appropriate. At this point all communications must be in writing for the team to review. This team will make a recommendation to the Dean on the appeal. 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.

Honor Code

The College of Business follows and enforces the Student Conduct rules and policies that are set forth by the university (http://www.uccs.edu/oja/student-conduct.html)

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

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. 


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 the business advisor in the Student Success Center or the MBA advising office).  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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