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Liz Warren-Pederson
Eller College of Management

Eller College Hosts Phoenix High School Ethics Forum 2010

Student-coordinated event challenges teens to consider ethical dilemmas.

TUCSON, Ariz. – April 30, 2010 – Today, high school students from around the Valley have gathered at the University of Arizona’s Eller College of Management Scottsdale campus (16425 North Pima Road, Suite 370) for the High School Ethics Forum.

This is the second year that the event, sponsored by PriceWaterhouseCoopers, has been offered in Phoenix; it was established in Tucson four years ago. The program invites students from Maricopa Country to participate in an interactive day of ethical discussion, problem-solving, and learning.

The program is coordinated and led by Paul Melendez, Eller Ethics Program director, and a team of UA undergraduates from the Eller Board of Honor and Integrity student organization. Melendez writes topical case studies for the high school students and provides them with an ethical framework so they can evaluate the case over the course of the day. The student teams will develop ethical, responsible, and practical solutions for each case, and then share their conclusions with the entire group.

The High School Ethics Forum serves the dual purpose of challenging students to develop an understanding of ethical issues at an early stage of their academic careers, while allowing college students to serve as role models and further shape their ethical foundation.

“The experience challenges students' moral reasoning, provides a wonderful networking opportunity, and raises students' awareness of the importance of corporate social responsibility,” says Melendez.

This year, Phoenix-area high school students are joined by a group from one the nation’s top private high schools, the Harker School of San Jose, Calif., which is developing an ethics program of its own.

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 #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 #48 in the U.S. The College is among the leaders of business schools generating grant funds for research. In addition to a Full-Time MBA program, the Eller College offers the 25th ranked Evening MBA program, the Eller Executive MBA and the Online MBA. The Eller College of Management supports more than 5,800 undergraduate and 750 graduate students on the UA campus in beautiful Tucson, Arizona, and a satellite campus in Phoenix.

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Liz Warren-Pederson, Eller College of Management

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