April 18, 2014
University of Colorado Colorado Springs wins
2014 Daniels Fund Ethics Consortium Case Competition
The team from the University of Colorado Colorado Springs (UCCS) took first place at the Daniels Fund Ethics Initiative’s 2014 Ethics Consortium Case Competition. The event took place April 15-16 at the Hyatt Regency Denver at Colorado Convention Center. This was the third year that student teams from eight universities in four states converged in Denver to compete in this unique experience. Eight business leaders from communities across Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming served on the Judging Panel that heard team presentations and challenged student presenters with questions.
The two-day event kicked-off Tuesday with a dinner featuring speaker Joe Blake, Chancellor Emeritus of Colorado State University System. Wednesday included a full day of team presentations, and closed with the awards dinner featuring keynote speaker Barbara Thompson, Executive Vice President of Mountain States Employers Council. At the dinner, Head Judge Rich Jennings, Senior Vice President, Mile High Region for Comcast, announced the first, second, and third place winning teams.
The winning UCCS team of ten students received guidance throughout the competition by faculty advisors Tracy Gonzalez-Padron and Elisabeth Moore. Tracy is Director of the Ethics Initiative at the College of Business and Administration at UCCS.
The Ethics Case Competition was designed to challenge students’ ethical reasoning and to raise awareness of the importance and value of principle-based ethics. Competing teams represent all eight member universities of the Daniels Fund Ethics Consortium.
Student teams were provided in advance with a business ethics case that required an analysis of the situation and a recommended strategy. This year's case was based on the real-life challenges posed by genetic screening and its ramifications in the workplace.
At the competition, each team presented their recommended strategy to the panel of eight judges, and participated in a question and answer session. They then received new information — an unforeseen crisis that put a twist on the case. Teams had approximately four hours to reassess their original recommendation for a second presentation and Q&A session in front of the judges.
The Judging Panel evaluated presentations against established criteria, including principles established by the Daniels Fund Ethics Consortium: integrity, trust, accountability, transparency, fairness, respect, rule of law, and viability.
The team from University of New Mexico placed second, and the team from University of Utah placed third.
About the Daniels Fund Ethics Consortium
Reflecting Bill Daniels’ personal commitment to ethics and integrity, the Daniels Fund Ethics Initiative was established in 2010 to foster a high standard of ethics in students and strengthen the teaching of principle-based ethics at the college level.
The Daniels Fund partnered with eight universities — Colorado State University, New Mexico State University, University of Colorado Colorado Springs, University of Denver, University of New Mexico, University of Northern Colorado, University of Utah, and University of Wyoming — to implement the pilot program. Each participating university is a member of the Daniels Fund Ethics Consortium. The Consortium leverages the achievements of the individual business schools through collaboration to further strengthen the overall impact of the Ethics Initiative. Members share expertise and resources such as curriculum, case studies, instructional approaches, and co-curricular activities.