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Liz Warren-Pederson
Eller College of Management

Southwestern Business Dean's Association awards 2004 Innovation Award to the Eller College of Business and Public Administration's E-tegrity initiative for academic integrity

TUCSON, Ariz. - Feb. 19, 2004 - The University of Arizona's Eller College of Business and Public Administration is pleased to announce that its unique E-tegrity initiative has been awarded the 2004 Innovation Award by the Southwestern Business Deans' Association (SWBDA), a regional chapter of the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). The award, which includes a plaque and cash prize, will be presented to the Eller College at the organization's annual meeting, February 29-March 1, 2004 in Galveston, Texas.

In response to highly publicized scandals in the business world today, and high levels of academic dishonesty at colleges and universities nationwide, the Eller College of Business and Public Administration launched its Eller integrity initiative in late 2003. E-tegrity, the first of its kind in the Eller College and The University of Arizona, is focused on the promotion of academic integrity and ethical character development, and has a broad base of support from students, faculty, and administration. The initiative represents the College's commitment to fostering an environment where competition is fair, integrity is promoted, and academic dishonesty is rooted out.

Dr. Larry Ponemon, chairman of the Ponemon Institute and member of the Eller College National Board of Advisors, comments, "In the long run, a business can't survive if it can't be trusted to do the right thing. So, ethics, like any other academic discipline, is fundamental to a business student's long term success.” At Eller College, students, faculty, and administration are working together to build a culture based on academic integrity.

Program accomplishments include a student board, E-tegrity web site, E-tegrity toolkit to guide faculty members with policy issues, database to track integrity violations, electronic oath that must be reviewed and accepted by all undergraduate students, and the purchase and use of anti-plagiarism software by forty-three faculty members. The College held an inaugural E-tegrity Week in fall 2003 which included guest speakers on ethics in business, seminars, relevant films, and a College-wide case competition sponsored by the Tucson Chapter of the Better Business Bureau and Deloitte & Touche.

"By connecting academic integrity in the classroom with future behavior in the workplace, our College hopes to motivate students to examine their personal values and consider all stakeholders in their decision-making," said Pam Perry, Associate Dean of Undergraduate Programs. A quote from the College's namesake Karl Eller appears on the walls of the Eller College building serving as a reminder, "Make absolute integrity the compass that guides you in everything you do."

The Eller College of Management at the University of Arizona is internationally recognized for pioneering research, innovative curriculum, distinguished faculty, excellence in management information systems, entrepreneurship, and social responsibility. U.S. News & World Report ranks the Eller undergraduate program No. 11 among public business schools and two of its programs are among the top 20 — Entrepreneurship and MIS. U.S. News & World Report ranks the Eller MBA Full-Time program No. 48 in the U.S. In addition to a Full-Time MBA program, the Eller College offers the No. 25-ranked Evening MBA program, the Eller Executive MBA and the Online MBA. The Eller College of Management supports more than 5,800 undergraduate and 800 graduate students on the UA campus in beautiful Tucson, Arizona, and on its satellite campus in downtown Phoenix.

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Liz Warren-Pederson, Eller College of Management

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