College of Business and Economics

Dr. Lisa Victoravich, Dean (301A J. A. Albertson Bldg.; 208-885-6071); Dr. Darryl J. Woolley, Associate Dean; Sanjay R. Sisodiya, Associate Dean

The College of Business and Economics faculty blend academic and practical experience, conduct cutting-edge research, serve as journal editors, and publish studies that shape local and regional policies. They serve local communities and are active in their fields. Most classes have a low student-to-teacher ratio and are taught by regular faculty.

The college was established as a professional division of the university in 1925. Long known as the College of Business Administration, it became the College of Business and Economics (CBE) in 1969. Its vision is to be a leader in integrated business education and provide a sound background in basic business principles that prepare graduates for positions of responsibility in firms and organizations including entrepreneurial ventures. As part of a state-supported land grant university, the CBE also aims to give its students an appreciation of the social importance and responsibilities of businessmen and businesswomen, and both the values and the knowledge to discharge those responsibilities.

The college's mission is to deliver the best business educational experience in the Northwest through innovative learning experiences, impactful research, and community engagement. We accomplish this mission by

  • delivering transformative undergraduate and focused graduate curricula that provide innovative and active learning experiences;
  • creating research that makes meaningful contributions to the business profession, education, and the academy;
  • sharing our business expertise in support of our state, our professions, and our academic community;
  • nurturing a collaborative environment of interaction among faculty, staff, students, and professionals across disciplines; and
  • fostering a collegial culture that values diversity, inclusion, safety, and engagement to enhance the living and learning experience.

The college has adopted a set of learning goals that mirrors this mission. These include the following goals:

  • Business knowledge and environment: CBE students will acquire an integrated understanding of business, accounting, and economic principles.
  • Critical thinking and ethical problem-solving: CBE students will be able to use appropriate tools of analysis to identify and address problems or opportunities.
  • Communication: CBE students will develop the ability to effectively obtain, organize, and communicate information.
  • Clarified purpose and perspective: CBE students will develop a better understanding of self and their place in the world.
  • Teamwork and collaboration: CBE students will acquire the ability to interact effectively and professionally with people of varied backgrounds, abilities, and values.