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Dean's Welcome

We in the College of Business (COB) are dedicated to preparing students for professional careers by stressing not only the skills and knowledge essential for success, but also the wisdom and understanding necessary to become productive citizens, hence the focus on “reality-based business education.”

Part of the mission of the COB is to provide education that develops an understanding and appreciation for the dynamic nature of the forces that shape business. The COB prepares students for success by offering them an opportunity to develop expertise and skills within the framework of a broad, well-integrated business curriculum that emphasizes analytical, communication, and interpersonal skills and knowledge which enhance students’ long-term career opportunities, and/or opportunities for advanced study.


The COB has a regional focus with emphasis on responding to the needs of the business and professional community in the greater Houston area. Faculty maintain a close affiliation with the community through a variety of activities, including: consulting engagements, participation in local professional associations; leadership in professional development programs; supervision of student projects benefiting local businesses and organizations, and consulting.


The COB serves urban students in a learning community environment which capitalizes upon the strengths of diversity in age, ethnicity, work experience and cultural background in our student body. Excellence in teaching is a high priority of the COB.
“Reality-based business education is achieved through innovative pedagogy that emphasizes the application of theory to have a positive impact on solving impending organizational issues. In addition, activities such as consulting, faculty internships, and theoretical and applied research and scholarship are encouraged as essential components in maintaining faculty excellence.


The COB is committed to maintaining a high-quality program though continuous improvement. Constant examination of instruction, educational offerings and delivery processes assures the student of a state-of-the-art education. Faculty, administrators and staff believe that the development of policies, programs and personnel that support excellence in student services and education are most likely to emerge in a collaborative work environment. The COB seeks to create a culture built upon mutual respect and appreciation for the contribution of all stakeholders; students, alumni, and employers as well as faculty and administration.


On behalf of our faculty and staff, I thank you for your interest in the College of Business, and I encourage you to consider joining us in building an even brighter future. Please feel free to contact me at


Warmest Regards,

Bates Signature

Donald Bates, Ph.D.


About College of Business Dean

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Last updated or reviewed on 3/5/09

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