College of Business and Economics, Koleke Pāʻoihana a Kālaihoʻokele Waiwai

Values, Mission and Vision

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Core Values of the College

  1. We believe that the personal and educational development of our students is the highest priority.
  2. We believe that personal and institutional integrity are essential.
  3. We believe in diversity among our student body, faculty and staff.
  4. We share the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo’s commitment to “learning with the spirit of aloha and ohana”.
  5. We value inspiration, discovery and creativity inside and outside the classroom.
  6. We value the past, present, and future of our communities.

Mission Statement of the College

Our mission is to offer business education rooted in the liberal arts tradition. We provide a foundation for students to become confident, competent and ethical business leaders. We achieve this goal through active pedagogy, internships, community outreach and scholarship.

Vision of the College

The CoBE will be a destination of choice for students and community stakeholders seeking a lifelong personal and professional network, exemplary instruction, and a one-of-a-kind, well-rounded business education. Our graduates will be valued as bold, capable, and grounded 21st century leaders.

The College of Business and Economics BuildingThe CoBE Building at UH Hilo To fulfill its mission and promote successful outcomes for all its graduates, the CoBE establishes learning goals to ensure that upon graduation, students will be:

  1. Knowledgeable in business (both in general business concepts and in specific disciplines),
  2. Effective communicators (both oral and written),
  3. Competent in quantitative analysis, and
  4. Capable critical thinkers.

Quality Standards and Program Evaluation/Improvement Processes

Through self-evaluation of curriculum, student performance, and faculty qualifications, the College of Business and Economics, in association with its Advisory Council, attempts to continually improve the quality of the educational experience, as reflected in the knowledge, attitudes, and skills of our students. The Business Administration program has an undergraduate education focus, with faculty primarily engaged in teaching. Faculty creative contributions are oriented toward applied research, which includes externally reported business and economic development outreach activities in the state and region, as well as more traditional refereed publications and instructional development research. Faculty service encompasses departmental, school, university, community, and professional association levels of activity. On average, 80 percent of the business faculty's effort is devoted to teaching, while research and service activities combined account for 20 percent. The distribution of effort may differ somewhat among faculty members, depending on their particular interests and stage of career development.