Student Assessment and Teaching

BWT 2012 (11)

Student Assessment

The Mann Center has administered an assessment program for the University Fellows honors program, using the Defining Issues Test (DIT) to gauge the moral development and ethical competencies of Fellows and a control group of other students. The center, in 2010 and 2011, also conducted a survey of senior business majors to explore their perceptions of ethical content in the business curriculum.

The aim of these projects is to inform curricular and co-curricular strategies to develop moral sensitivity and judgment in undergraduate students. Assessment rubrics and instruments can be customized for any academic area.


During his tenure, Dr. Knapp contributed content to a variety of undergraduate and graduate courses through lectures, simulations and decision exercises. His own courses included the MBA course, “Managing Corporate Integrity,” as well as study-abroad courses in South Africa for undergraduates.

To date, the center has worked with faculty in the schools of Business, Education and Professional Studies, Arts and Sciences, Nursing, Divinity, Pharmacy and the Arts to develop and strengthen course modules emphasizing ethics.



Drayton Nabers, Jr.

Brooks Hall, 227A


C. Cameron Collins 
Program Manager
Brooks Hall, 227B

Mitzi Lafferty  
Administrative Assistant
Brooks Hall, 227
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 The Frances Marlin Mann Center for Ethics and Leadership emphasizes the indispensable connection between ethics and good leadership in business, government, social services and the classic professions. Much of the center’s work is at this vital nexus of ethics and leadership. 

Frances Marlin Mann Center for Ethics and Leadership
800 Lakeshore Drive
Birmingham, AL 35229
205-726-4634 or Cameron Collins, Program Manager