Mission, Vision & Values

Our Strategic Plan: Mission, Vision and Core Values


To challenge students to excel in acquiring the knowledge and skills required for successful careers in business, while emphasizing diversity, ethics, and sustainability; to promote the social mobility of the student population; and to contribute to the economic development of the region both by training professionals and through the scholarly research conducted by the faculty.


The Cotsakos College of Business aims to be known across the region as an institution whose up-to-date academic program, highly accomplished faculty conducting cutting-edge scholarly research, and professional co-curricular education prepare a highly diverse student body for successful careers in business.

Core Values

The following values guide the CCOB's actions:

Commitment to High Academic Standards

We provide rigorous Baccalaureate and master’s programs that deliver exceptional academic training to students. Our courses are taught by faculty who are actively engaged in scholarly research. We periodically revise our offerings based on comprehensive outcomes assessments and develop new programs in response to job market demands.

Focus on Professional Preparation

We believe that learning and professional development extend beyond the classroom and therefore offer a robust co-curricular program that supplements and enhances students' academic experience. We also provide networking opportunities with the business community in the tristate region and beyond.

Responsiveness to Students’ Needs

We are responsive to the diverse needs of our students and offer support systems that promote success inside and outside the classroom including access to tutoring, regular office hours with professors, comprehensive academic advising, proactive career guidance, and professional development opportunities.

Dedication to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

We embrace diversity in all forms and nurture it among our students, faculty, and staff. Our college fosters a culture of mutual respect and understanding and provides a safe space for individuals of all backgrounds and identities. As a Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI) and a Minority-Serving Institution (MSI), we are proud to meet the needs of a diverse student body that reflects our local communities.

We believe that our students have the capacity to not only improve their own lives but also create a positive impact in their communities and beyond, and we are committed to helping them achieve their full potential.

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