May 8, 2007
Ethics was the focal point at a recent conference in Oklahoma City. Dr. Rich Rudebock, dean of Oklahoma Baptist University’s Dickinson School of Business, participated in a Leaders in Education panel to discuss the teaching of ethics in schools and programs.
“Ethics: The Strategic Imperative,” a conference hosted by the Oklahoma Ethics Consortium, brought together area business leaders on April 25 at the Skirvin Hilton Hotel in downtown Oklahoma City.
Joining Rudebock on the education panel were Dr. Patrick Allen, provost of Southern Nazarene University; Dr. J. Markham Collins, associate dean at the University of Tulsa; and Dr. Paul Sechrist, president of Oklahoma City Community College.
“We discussed the challenges and opportunities that we have in teaching ethics,” said Rudebock. “One of the points I made was that students are faced with a wide variety of situations and information from different sources. If they have a strong faith and supportive parents they are better equipped to filter out the distractions and misinformation.”
The panel agreed that the teaching of ethics was important, discussing their own ways of teaching it in their schools and programs.
“Ethics is really all about actions and behavior. We set a high standard in the classroom and hold the students accountable for them,” said Rudebock. “As faculty we model those standards and behaviors. Our hope is that they take those standards of behavior with them into the workplace.”
Professions from lawyers to councilmen to educators were represented at the conference. Representatives spoke about the influence, importance and interest of ethics not only in the classroom but in behavior, business and the corporate culture.
Oklahoma Ethics Consortium, a non-profit organization, is designed to establish Oklahoma as a state with high personal and corporate ethical standards. Student chapters of the Oklahoma Ethics Consortium are being established on college campuses statewide.
OBU’s International Graduate School was a bronze sponsor of the April 25 conference.