Dean's Welcome

Dean's Welcome


Welcome to the UCCS College of Business. I am honored to serve as dean, and I would like to thank you for your interest in the College and learning more about our academic programs, community engagement, faculty research and student success.

The College of Business’s vision statement is “We are in the business of building successful futures.” Career readiness is at the heart of our business programs. We strive to deliver industry-aligned courses that prepare our students for successful careers. We integrate ethics-based principles into each course to foster a high standard of ethics in our students. Most importantly, we are accredited by AACSB – the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business – which ensures that our students receive a top quality business education.

Colorado Springs is a leading destination for business professionals. U.S. News & World Report has ranked Colorado Springs as the #1 Most Desirable Place to Live in the U.S, and it is not difficult to understand why. With easy access to the mountains, diverse industry opportunities and a collaborative business culture, Colorado Springs provides our students with unique and meaningful learning opportunities in business.

There are many reasons why I was drawn to the UCCS College of Business, and why you should be, too. Here are a few examples:


We are dedicated to student success. We provide an inclusive environment that supports learning opportunities for students of all backgrounds, identities and abilities. We celebrate different points of view and believe that diversity inspires and supports innovation.


In the spirit of continuous improvement, the College of Business is focused on continuous innovation. With new and novel undergraduate and graduate programs, we continue to deliver innovative programs that meet the needs of our local workforce. We serve as catalysts for economic growth and change, and we encourage problem-solving and creativity in our classrooms.


Our students are immersed in the local business community at each stage of their college career. We provide mandatory career exploration courses, internships and mentorship opportunities. We seek guidance from our local workforce and develop meaningful partnerships to support student success.

College of Business students receive instruction from dynamic faculty with real-world experience in their field. We intentionally keep classes small to ensure students receive personalized guidance from their professors. Many students utilize a variety of in-house resources, including the Career Development Center, Academic Advising and professional development opportunities. Students benefit from a team of incredible staff, alumni and community partners that support them throughout their college experience.

The UCCS College of Business serves as a resource and partner in shaping the future business leaders in the Pikes Peak Region and beyond. I encourage you to learn more about how we can work together to build a successful future for our students and our community.

Warmest Regards,

Dean Markel's signature

Karen S. Markel, Ph.D.

Dean, UCCS College of Business


The Dwire Inquirer
  • August 27, 2020August 2020

    August 2020As Chancellor Reddy mentioned earlier this week, this is a historic fall semester at UCCS. But despite these trying times, I am confident that we will continue to provide a quality business education for our students.

  • July 31, 2020July 2020

    July 2020We recently published the 2019-20 College of Business Annual Report, which details our accomplishments, programs and initiatives from this past year – many of which would not be possible without the support from our community partners and alumni.

  • June 30, 2020June 2020

    June 2020I would like to reiterate my excitement for serving as the new dean of the College of Business. It is a pleasure to be joining you in Colorado Springs and I look forward to meeting many of you at our upcoming virtual events.

  • May 21, 2020May 2020

    May 2020Last Friday, we participated in a historic celebration for the Class of 2020. Instead of adorning our academic regalia and gathering at the Broadmoor World Arena, we honored our graduating students in a Virtual Commencement ceremony.

  • April 27, 2020April 2020

    April 2020We have also felt the overwhelming support from you, our alumni and community, and we are thankful for your compassion and understanding as we continue to navigate these uncertain times. However, our current challenges are not keeping the College of Business from moving forward.

  • March 18, 2020March 2020

    March 2020The current circumstances of COVID-19 have undoubtedly impacted us all. Last night, Chancellor Venkat Reddy announced an extension of remote learning and remote work until the end of the Spring 2020 semester.

  • February 27, 2020February 2020

    February 2020Starting next semester, we will introduce an undergraduate emphasis in cybersecurity management that may be pursued as either a Bachelor of Science in Business or as a Bachelor of Innovation in Business Administration degree. In addition, we will introduce two new Masters of Business Administration emphases in cybersecurity management and sport management.

  • January 29, 2020January 2020

    January 2020As we begin a new year and a new semester, there is the familiar sense of possibility, growth, and transformation. In that spirit, many of us will resolve to make improvements in our personal and professional lives.

  • December 18, 2019December 2019

    December 2019As we close on the year and prepare to celebrate the Class of 2019, we reflect on another exciting and innovative semester at UCCS.

  • November 27, 2019November 2019

    November 2019We are delighted to announce that the UCCS PGA Golf Management program maintained their accreditation with the PGA of America following an on-campus evaluation on Oct. 24-25, 2019.

  • October 30, 2019October 2019

    October 2019As Colorado Springs continues to grow and evolve, we hope to deliver the next generation of ethical and accomplished business professionals to help build our city to its full potential.

  • September 27, 2019September 2019

    September 2019We are very fortunate to house the Daniels Fund Ethics Initiative at UCCS, which is a resource for principle-based ethics education that serves our students, educators, and business community across southern Colorado.

  • August 2, 2019August 2019

    August 2019Fall 2019 is shaping up to be a fast-paced and exciting semester here on UCCS campus. We have several significant events in the upcoming weeks and we hope you can join us for some or all of these activities and celebrations. 

  • July 30, 2019July 2019

    July 2019In the College of Business, we are committed to aligning our academic offerings with the desires of our student body to ensure each student has the opportunity to pursue their dream career.

  • June 26, 2019June 2019

    June 2019Your experience and expertise serve as models of excellence for our students and we hope to keep you engaged with the college so that future generations of students will also benefit from your shared insights.

  • May 29, 2019May 2019

    Class of 2019It has truly been an honor to serve as your dean this past year and I thank you all for the opportunity to lead the UCCS College of Business.

  • April 19, 2019April 2019

    UCCSThe final weeks of the Spring 2019 semester are to be of transition and celebration.

  • March 28, 2019March 2019

    March 2019On June 30, 2019, I will be departing from my role as dean of the UCCS College of Business. It has been an honor to serve UCCS and the Colorado Springs community this past year.

  • February 27, 2019February 2019

     Stephen P. Ferris, Dean, College of Business Wednesday, February 27, 2019This past week, I was able to attend the AACSB Deans Conference in Vancouver, Canada. The conference covered a variety of topics, with a thematic message of adaptation, open thinking, and innovation. I believe the UCCS College of Business can embody these themes to help deliver the future leaders of business.

  • January 25, 2019 January 2019
    Stephen P. Ferris, Dean, College of Business Friday, January 25, 2019I hope this message finds you refreshed and rested after the holiday season. As we begin a new year and a new semester, there is the familiar sense of possibility, growth, and development.
  • December 20, 2018 December 2018
    Photo of Mark Hawkins, Commencement speaker at Fall Graduation“Leadership is built on more than just believing in yourself. It’s about lifting others up and creating a multiplier effect in the process.”
  • November 20, 2018 November 2018
    Dean FerrisI want to extend my sincere gratitude for the energy, diligence, and commitment of our alumni, community partners, and friends of the UCCS College of Business during this holiday season!
  • October 16, 2018 October 2018
    UCCS Economic ForumIt is evident that the desire to increase the prominence and reputation of Colorado Springs is widely shared. I am so thrilled to work alongside you in advancing our city’s renown and influence.
  • September 20, 2018 September 2018
    UCCS College of Business Career Networking NightAs we prepared our calendars for an energetic month, I found myself reflecting on our core values and how evident they have been over the past few weeks.
  • August 22, 2018 August 2018
    UCCS College of Business Dwire HallThe 2018-19 academic year has now begun and we are very excited for what will be a fast-paced and eventful year.
  • July 6, 2018 July 2018
    Dean Ferris, College of BusinessI want to share with you my absolute delight for the opportunity to serve as your Dean of the College of Business here on the beautiful Colorado Springs campus.