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CBE Receives Grant to Incorporate Ethics into Core Classes

By Katie Bild
UW-RF University Communications

MARCH 10, 2006-- In a time of Enron, Halliburton, Worldcom other company scandals, ethics seems to have taken a back seat in some corporate business practices.

However, Lori Peterson and Jude Rathburn, University of Wisconsin – River Falls professors in the College of Business and Economics, recognize the importance of ethics in the workplace enough to do something about it in their classrooms.

The two, along with CBE Dean Barb Nemecek who wrote a letter of support, applied and received a grant sponsored by the University of Pittsburgh with support from the National Institutes of Health.

After Peterson attended a "Teaching Survival Skills and Ethics" conference she approached Rathburn about how to put her newly learned knowledge to work in a series of professional development courses already within the CBE. The courses now are required for incoming business students in order to graduate.

"In the CBE, we feel it is vitally important for students in management majors to not only know the fundamentals of management, but to understand and integrate into that learning the behaviors and decision making that are central to being a professional," said Peterson. "The CBE series of courses fills that niche."

The grant funds have been used to further develop ethics components in CBE 100, 200 and 300. The remaining funds will support materials, speakers and other endeavors.

For more information, contact Peterson at 715-425-3335.


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