Administration and Organization
Richard Highfield, PhD (Shaw-Smyser Hall, room 129)
Jeffrey Stinson, PhD (Shaw-Smyser Hall, room 126)
Mail Stop 7487
CWU’s College of Business will be recognized as a premier learning community creating an environment in which students, faculty, and staff reach their full potential.
We launch students toward a better future by engaging them in industry-relevant and student-centered programs driven by strong partnerships between students, faculty, and business professionals.
Our Shared Values
The faculty and staff of the CB share a set of core beliefs and commitments.
We believe in:
• Student success
• Lifelong learning
• Integrity and ethical behavior
We commit ourselves to:
• Prepare students for the future
• Impart knowledge on which students can build
• Treat everyone with respect and fairness
• Exemplify our values by serving as teachers and role models
• Maintain currency in our academic disciplines and professional fields
• Engage in scholarly activities that contribute to the body of knowledge in our disciplines
Statement of Conduct
The College of Business is a learning community committed to a set of core values based on integrity, respect, and responsibility that guide our interactions.
Integrity: The quality of possessing and steadfastly adhering to high moral principles or professional standards.
Respect: To show consideration or thoughtfulness in relation to others.
Responsibility: The state, fact, or position of being accountable and responsible.
Code of Honor
As College of Business students we pledge to uphold these standards of professionalism and conduct ourselves in accordance with them. We will not lie, cheat, or steal, and will not tolerate those who do. Our behavior defines who we are and what we will become.
The College of Business offers programs leading to the Bachelor of Science degree in the following areas:
• Bachelor of Science, Accounting
• Bachelor of Science, Business Administration with specializations in:
Human Resource Management
Leadership and Management
Personal Financial Planning
Supply Chain Management
• Bachelor of Science, Economics with specializations in:
Economic and Business Forecasting
• Bachelor of Science, Personal Financial Planning
• Bachelor of Applied Science, Supply Chain Management
The College of Business offers minors in:
Human Resource Management
Supply Chain Management
The College of Business offers certificate programs in:
Supply Chain Management
Students may take their junior and senior years of the accounting and business administration programs at two Puget sound-area centers: Lynnwood and Des Moines.
Admission requirements to major programs within the College of Business are identical regardless of the location of the program. Students must first be accepted by the university and, if applicable, the university center which they plan to attend. Then, students must formally apply to the College of Business and be admitted to a College of Business Program prior to enrolling in 300- and 400-level courses within the college.
Students must attend a College of Business major declaration session to be fully admitted to our majors. Applications are only accepted at new student major declaration sessions. The application form must be completed and returned to the appropriate office along with copies of current transcripts.
Students must have the below requirements to be admitted to a College of Business major. Students seeking entry to the College without these requirements will be granted pre-major standing.
- Completion of 30 credits (If a student is a transfer student, credits must be transferable)
- The applicant must be in good academic standing
- 2.25 Collegiate GPA
- Completion of ENG 101 and ENG 102 with a C- or higher, or equivalent
- Attend a College of Business Major Declaration Session
International students whose native language is not English must meet one of the following English proficiency requirements:
- A score of 71 or above on the Internet-based TOEFL or 525 or above on the paper-based TOEFL (195 for computer based, 71 for internet based), OR
- A score of 6.0 or above on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) exam, OR
- A 3.0 (B grade) or above in each two college-level English composition courses from an accredited United States college or university. Contact the Office of Admissions to find out what courses are acceptable.
Students who have met all of the above requirements will be admitted unless the number of applicants exceeds available space. In that case, acceptance will be competitive, based on a selection index.
Previous or Transfer Coursework Policy
Business courses taken to fulfill the requirements for an undergraduate or graduate degree from the CWU College of Business must have been taken within the last 10 years at the time of graduation. Exceptions may be made, but must be approved prior to acceptance into the College of Business by the department chair and dean or designee.
Students wishing to have credits from non-United States institutions considered for transfer into the College of Business for any major or minor must have their transcripts evaluated through outside credential evaluators who are members of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES), such as the Foundation for International Services (FIS), the World Education Service (WES), or Educational Perspectives. Students who intend to pursue the CPA may instead decide to use the NABSA (National Association of State Boards of Accountancy) international evaluation services since it is a requirement of the CPA. Credits for current students participating in a CWU study abroad program will be evaluated by the Office of the Registrar.
Equivalent lower-division (100-200 level) courses may be transferred toward meeting the foundation course requirements for any BS degree in the college. Upper-division (300-400 level) courses may be transferred toward meeting the major requirements only with the approval of the department chair and the college dean (or designee).
Academic Jeopardy Policy
The College of Business is committed to the success of its students. If a student that has been admitted to the College of Business is deemed to be in academic jeopardy, the College of Business may place restrictions on the student. A student is considered in academic jeopardy for the following reasons:
- On academic warning or probation
- Frequently withdraws from class
- Repeating coursework to be successful
- Has less that a 2.5 (2.499 and below) in any of the required GPAs for graduation.
- CWU GPA
- Collegiate GPA (CWU and all transfer coursework combined)
- Major GPA
- Upper-division coursework in the major GPA
- Accounting majors: upper-division Accounting coursework GPA
The College of Business may do the following in response to an Academic Jeopardy situation:
- Limit College of Business coursework in future quarters
- Require academic advising with both faculty and/or professional advisors
- Require academic success plans
- Double majors or double specialization students may be limited to one major plan in the College of Business
If a student is unable to improve academically while receiving intensive advising and support or does not actively participate in required advising, the student may be subjected to the College of Business Separation Policy.
If a student that has been admitted to the College of Business is placed on academic warning, probation, suspension, has repeat academic course withdrawals, or academic performance below the necessary grade point averages required to graduate, then the student’s admission into the College of Business may be rescinded. Students may also be rescinded for violations of the College of Business Statement of Conduct and Code of Honor, or for engaging in Prohibited Student Conduct as defined by Washington Administrative Code (see WAC 106-125-020). Once rescinded, the student will be denied readmission to the College of Business for one year following which a written petition for readmission must be presented at least 30 days prior to the start of the quarter in which readmission is desired. The decision to readmit will be based on meeting current admission standards, analysis of the entire academic record, as well as any other sources of information deemed appropriate. Readmission is not guaranteed.
Service to Other Majors
Students majoring in programs outside CB who are required to take courses in this college for either their major or minor will be eligible to enroll on a space-available basis. These students will be given priority over other non-college majors wishing to enroll in courses. All students must have taken prerequisites for courses prior to enrollment.
Business administration courses may be repeated only once.
Departments and Programs
Accounting: Kenneth Smith (Shaw-Smyser Hall, room 340)
Economics: Toni Sipic (Shaw-Smyser Hall, room 428)
Finance and SCM: Carlo Smith (Des Moines Center, room 373)
Management: William Provaznik (Shaw-Smyser Hall, room 333)