Daniels Fund Continues $1.25 Million Ethics Grant


Tom Hutton
The board of directors for Denver-based Daniels Fund recently approved $11 million to continue the Daniels Fund Ethics Initiative including a program at UCCS.

"In announcing its decision Dec. 8, the Daniels Fund said its board evaluated the success of the five-year pilot program at eight universities and opted to increase the number of participants and the number of students reached.

UVenkat Reddy & Tracy Gonzalez-Padron, UCCSCCS is part of an original eight-university consortium that in 2010 launched an ethics program designed to strengthen the teaching of principle-based ethics in the college, on the campus and in the community. The initiative reflected the late Bill Daniels' personal commitment to ethics and integrity. At UCCS, the initiative is led by Tracy Gonzalez-Padron, associate professor, College of Business, and Liz Moore, coordinator, College of Business.

"I am pleased the Daniels Fund will continue to support our efforts to create a more ethical environment on campus and in the community," Venkat Reddy, dean, College of Business, said. "We have demonstrated our ability to make a difference as well as the need for continued work in this important area."

For UCCS, the renewal will mean an additional $1.25 million over the next five years to fund the objectives set out in the grant proposal that include community outreach efforts.

UCCS Daniels Ethics Initiative

In its report to Daniels, the UCCS College of Business cited as its successes the integration of ethics discussions into existing courses in business, philosophy, nursing, communications, education, psychology, engineering, criminal justice and public administration. Additionally, ethics-specific courses were developed for undergraduate and graduate business students and ethic modules for Gateway Program Seminars. Fourteen faculty members were selected as campus Daniels Fund Ethics Initiative fellows and several competitions and seminars and workshops were sponsored with heavy community business leader involvement. The initiative also sponsored several high-profile speakers who visited campus.

Other schools that will continue in the initiative are Colorado State University College of Business, New Mexico State University College of Business, University of Denver-Daniels College of Business, University of New Mexico Anderson School of Management, University of Northern Colorado Monfort College of Business, University of Utah-David Eccles School of Business and University of Wyoming College of Business.

New schools include Colorado Mesa University Department of Business, University of Colorado Denver Business School, and University of Colorado Law School.

Executive leaders from all members of the Ethics Consortium work collaboratively to share expertise and resources.

Bill Daniels, a pioneer in cable television, established the Daniels Fund to extend his legacy of giving far beyond his lifetime.  The Daniels Fund operates the Daniels Fund Scholarship Program, the Daniels Fund Grants Program, and the Daniels Fund Ethics Initiative in Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming. For more information, visit www.DanielsFund.org"