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NASBA CPT Launches Ethics Certification Program


December 12, 2013


The NASBA Center for the Public Trust (CPT) is pleased to announce the launch of its Student Ethical Leadership Certification Program. Regarded as the first of its kind, the program is designed to creatively teach ethical leadership to students on college campuses across the country.

The program curriculum consists of six training modules each broken into 15-minute sections. Each module features a combination of interactive presentations, narration, imagery, video segments and opinion/polling questions. Student participants are required to complete all six modules, taking a brief exam at the conclusion of each module. Upon successful completion of all modules, participants earn their certification in Ethical Leadership from the CPT.

Two schools have already enrolled in the program’s soft launch during the Fall 2013 semester, offering the curriculum to a total of four classrooms (3 undergraduate, 1 graduate). The CPT is currently in conversation with additional universities and anticipates growing the program. The full program launch is scheduled for Spring 2014.

The program’s content was developed by leading ethics professors from across the country, led by Drs. O.C. and Linda Ferrell and an expert advisory panel.

CPT President Alfonzo Alexander believes the certification program is a great educational opportunity for students, because it teaches students to recognize ethical pitfalls in business early in their careers.

Funding for the development of the project was provided through the Daniels Fund. The Daniels Fund was founded by Bill Daniels, a pioneer in cable television known for his kindness and generosity to those in need. The Daniels Fund was established to provide grants and scholarships in Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming. For more information on The Daniels Fund, please visit their website.

Currently, the initial phase of the program is only available for college professors to incorporate into their business course syllabi. However, the CPT looks to expand the certification program in the near future to the corporate sector in hopes that companies will feature the program as part of their ethics and compliance program offerings.

To learn more about the program, please contact CPT staff.