Committed to life-long success

Hawktank business plan competition winners receiving their award

Our student-centered approach to teaching attracts both students who are already high-performers, as well as those who need personalized attention to succeed.  Our small, right-sized classes ensure students are known and part of a learning community that leverages technology in innovative ways to enable learning. Our student retention, graduation rates and leveraged career services establish a high bar for Fort Lewis College. Through committed partnerships with businesses and other organizations, the Katz School of Business, our faculty, and our students have catalyzed a major Center for Economic Development and Innovation for the Four Corners region. 

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Our vision

At Fort Lewis College Katz School of Business, we are committed to enabling life-long success.

Our mission

The FLC Katz School of Business develops career-ready students in an inclusive, experiential, and student-focused environment.  We facilitate and strengthen our commitment to innovative business education and diverse scholarship by faculty members’ engagement in our community.

Our guiding principles

The Katz School of Business at Fort Lewis College continues to educate the next generation of business value-based innovators, who will be responsible stewards of our resources, people, community, and world. 

  1. We provide an education rich in innovation and diverse learning opportunities that give graduates the tools for success. 
  2. We enhance our teaching, remain intellectually engaged and add value to the community through scholarship and engagement with the community we serve. 
  3. We commit to provide a learning environment in which every member of the community nurtures trust, openness, and teamwork to achieve our highest potential. 

These principles aim to cultivate learners and innovators who…

  • Consider the human element in all their personal and business decisions (People)
  • Create business leaders that demonstrate excellence in their work and their lives (Alignment)
  • Evaluate the impact of their decisions by considering all aspects of the problems they face (Data)

Our philosophy

  • Personal learning
  • Diverse learning experiences
  • Quality and innovation
  • Engaged teacher-scholars
  • Impact
Personal learning

We believe that the learning experience is enhanced when classes are offered in smaller, more personal settings and taught directly by highly qualified faculty.  Student growth is enhanced when students have the opportunity to participate more fully in their education and interact with other students and faculty in close learning communities.

Diverse learning experiences

We believe that rich, diverse learning experiences are instrumental to students’ intellectual, professional, and personal growth.  In fulfilling our commitment to develop the whole person, we are committed to providing a curriculum diverse in experiential and applied learning activities.  We also demonstrate this commitment by providing opportunities for international and community-based learning experiences.

Quality and innovation

We believe that a balance of quality assurance, continuous improvement, and innovation is vital to our ability to successfully carry out our mission and adapt to the ever-changing needs of our students and community.   We are committed to planned, thoughtful quality assurance and continuous improvement in accordance with AACSB processes and standards, but not at the expense of creative experimentation and entrepreneurial pursuits.  Our commitment to quality assurance is demonstrated by our rigorous and thorough assessment process.

Engaged teacher-scholars

We believe that excellent teaching is informed by faculty actively engaged in research, scholarship, and professional pursuits. Our faculty produce research published in peer reviewed journals and other recognized outlets for intellectual contribution that advance the scholarship of teaching, business practice and disciplinary knowledge. In addition, our faculty engages with our external stakeholders – the Durango and Four Corners business community, local and state economic growth organizations, our alumni, and Native Americans with whom Fort Lewis College has an historical connection.


We believe that the activities our students and our faculty perform should have a positive impact on the stakeholders we serve.  Through their diverse expertise and competencies, our faculty and students make a positive difference in our local and state communities by engaging with organizations to advance their practice and prepare new business leaders; in their respective disciplines by producing intellectual contributions concerning business theory and practice; and in business and economic education through pedagogical intellectual contributions.