Building Ethical Leaders Using an Integrated Ethics Framework (BELIEF)
The BELIEF program is a systematic approach to integrating ethics into the college curriculum. Officially launched during the Fall of 2006, BELIEF encompasses the following components:
- Assessment of Ethical Awareness & Decision-Making
- Ethics Handbook: Building Ethical Leaders
- Corporate Sponsors
- Support Activities
BELIEF provides a common business ethics foundation to all College of Business (COB) majors in the UBUS 310 - Business Core: Lecture course. This foundation is based on the COB's Ethics Handbook: Building Ethical Leaders and a decision-making framework. The Initiatives' learning objectives of identifying ethical issues and applying a decision-making framework are also integrated into subsequent classes in all disciplines throughout the college.
To be the educational leader fostering core ethical values and moral courage from the classroom to the business world.
To build ethical leaders through the integration of program development, faculty support, business community involvement and learner engagement. Fulfilling this mission equips the learner with a lasting set of practical tools to apply ethical values in business practices.
The UBUS 101 Business & Society students studied business from various aspects – corporate, governmental, and non-profit. The students traveled to Rockford, Illinois to visit Alpine Bank (corporate) and the Rockford YMCA (non-profit). The students also had lunch with Rockford mayor, the Honorable Lawrence Morrissey (governmental).