College of Business and Entrepreneurship
Fort Hays State University College of Business and Entrepreneurship offers
highly engaging educational experiences, preparing and supporting our students
and alumni for professional success in a dynamic, global environment. Our
focus is on instructional engagement. Faculty add value to student instruction
and the community through scholarly activity and ongoing professional
engagement. The College provides service that benefits the university, our
disciplines, and the greater community.
Adopted by COBE Faculty on May 4, 2016.
Mission Statement Explanation
Fort Hays State University College of Business and Entrepreneurship (COBE)
characterizes itself as an organization continually innovating to improve the
quality and strategic scope of its activities. Its own culture and activities
are entrepreneurial. It provides entrepreneurship programming and curricular
offerings to supplement both business and non-business degrees.
by the university tag line, “Forward Thinking, World Ready,” COBE provides
teaching excellence at the undergraduate and master’s educational levels. In
addition, COBE offers executive and professional development. It provides these
services in both face-to-face and distance learning environments. Faculty are
passionate about teaching and are proud of connecting with students.
faculty members teach students through both established and innovative
techniques in classrooms, labs, internships/coops, and distance learning. They
do so in classes small enough to encourage faculty/student interaction. Faculty
members engage students through service learning and activities such as student
organizations, learning communities, competitions, study abroad programs,
one-on-one interactions, and classroom projects. Classroom projects may include
development of student research skills that can be applied to overcome
real-world business challenges.
is provided primarily by full-time faculty using technology-rich campus
facilities and distance learning tools. Teaching excellence is achieved through
deployment of qualified faculty members who bring their initial expertise as
well as on-going scholarly and professional experiences to instruction.
faculty are active scholars and practitioners. Research and professional
activities are key to maintaining faculty currency. They add greater value to
student instruction and benefit the larger community. The types of activities
that faculty members engage in depend on their responsibilities and focus. The
college encourages its faculty to perform a variety of types of scholarship
including basic or discovery, applied, and scholarship of teaching and
learning. Faculty members, particularly instructional practitioners and
practice academics, may engage in professional practice as a means of
maintaining currency and relevancy. The college’s faculty perform research
within the context and resources of a primarily teaching institution.
and Community Engagement
their areas of expertise, COBE faculty members provide service to the
university, their disciplines, and the greater community.
college and university offer several programs serving the academic and
professional community as well as contributing to economic development. These
include, but are not limited to: the Fort Hays State University Management
Development Center, Fort Hays State University Small Business Development
Center, Center for Economic Education, the Information Enterprise Institute,
the Dane G. Hansen Scholarship Hall, Symposium of International &
Interdisciplinary Business Research and the Journal of International &
Interdisciplinary Business Research.
Area and Student Populations
and the surrounding states are the primary target markets for the college’s
on-campus education while off-campus or virtual students are served worldwide.
This recognizes the mission driven approach to serving the residents of the
institution’s large, but lightly populated geographic Great Plains service
area. It also takes a market smart approach, serving vital key constituencies
such as members of the U.S. military, domestic distance learning students from
across America, and complementary international markets with the college’s
programs. A substantial portion of the university’s domestic and international
enrollment consists of first generation students.
Adopted by COBE
Faculty on May 4, 2016.
The College of Business and Entrepreneurship engages and educates quality students with a world-class business education.
Our students are thoughtful, entrepreneurial leaders, both professionally and in their communities.
Adopted by COBE Faculty on December 9, 2015