Office of the Dean

Dr. Latha Ramchand, Dean

Bauer Dean Latha Ramchand


It is a pleasure to welcome you to the C. T. Bauer College of Business at the University of Houston. Here, everything we do begins and ends with student success in mind.

We are committed to providing the necessary resources for students to thrive, becoming business leaders who make a difference and transform their organizations. Our students don’t just seek out opportunities; they create them.

It is an exciting time to be at the Bauer College. As we mark our 71st year, we celebrate our past and look toward the future. We continue to bolster our latest student success program, The Bauer Excellence Initiative. Launched in 2012, this is a recruiting scholarship campaign aimed at attracting high quality applicants to the college’s programs. The support of committed partners has helped us to launch this initiative and is essential in sustaining the good work we have started. (Click here to read more about the first $1 million gift to the recruiting scholarship initiative, made by Dawn and Richard Rawson.)

Together, we can ensure that our students will advance Houston as a leading business hub.

It is no secret that in the decade since Charles T. “Ted” Bauer gave $40 million to name our college and beyond, we have experienced tremendous growth. It is my commitment to you that we will continue to leverage this momentum and bring the Bauer College to the next level of success. The following is a snapshot of some of the stories we have told in the last year to give you an idea of what we are doing to move the college forward:

Faculty Expertise:

As part of a Carnegie-designated Tier One research university, the Bauer College leverages the expertise of the business community alongside academic research to create a learning environment that learns from current best practice while building better models for the future. Given our home in Houston, we are uniquely suited to bring real world business leaders into the classroom to share their knowledge with students.

It is no wonder that our faculty are sought after by the government, businesses, and the community both nationally and internationally. Click here to view a list of research produced in recent years by our faculty, along with those who serve as editors or on boards for leading academic journals. The media also frequently looks to our faculty to serve as expert sources for stories on business and higher education issues. You can see the growing list of Bauer media mentions from 2013 by clicking here.

And, for a list of highlights of faculty achievements in the last year from each of our academic departments, click here. We also have a video series called “Faculty Focus” that highlights the contributions and stories of individual faculty members. We are working over the next year to capture even more of these stories and invite you to view all “Faculty Focus” videos by clicking here.

Student Success:

Best described as “aptitude without the attitude,” we consider our students to be our most valued asset. Not a day goes by that I don’t receive word of a student or a team of students impressing among their peers. Students like Kevin Cruz, Scott Black, Genevieve Simmons and Roger Seward exemplify this — these undergraduate students from the college’s Wolff Center for Entrepreneurship made a name for themselves and the Bauer College this past spring as their business plan took the grand prize at the “California Dreamin’” Business Plan Competition, against competition that included MBA and Ph.D. participants. You can read more about their business plan by clicking here.

Bauer students also representing the college in our nation’s capital this spring as the inaugural participants in the “Bauer in D.C.” internship program. Undergraduates Vanessa Salinas, Tracy Do, Nadine Tavera and Jason John were selected through a competitive application process to take full-time internships in Washington, D.C., while earning academic credit toward their degrees. They were provided housing near Congress, the Supreme Court, the Library of Congress, the National Mall, and the city’s many museums and art galleries. They worked for The Financial Services Roundtable, the U.S. Department of Commerce and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. And, we provided them each with cameras and had them capture the experience to document on the Bauer College YouTube channel. The program was a great success, and we plan to continue with a new group of student interns in the spring.

At the MBA level, our students have experienced similar success, with a student team from our supply chain management program claiming one of the top spots at a district competition for their research on supply chain control towers.

No matter what the business area, our students achieve the highest awards of distinction, lending credibility and humility to what we do at the Bauer College. And, others have taken note. We see proof every day of the quality education we provide at the Bauer College. Our distinguished alumni lead some of the nation’s most successful and inventive companies and remain actively involved with the college through service, financial support and recruitment.

Another video series that we produce aims to share some of the stories of Bauer College students through “Student Spotlight.” From students who have overcome the odds to achieve success to those who have aspirations for using their business knowledge to improve the rest of the world, you will surely find these stories inspiring.

Innovative Curriculum:

Bauer College offers a program portfolio that the business community can tap into, including our Global Energy Management (GEM) program; our Global Energy Executive MBA (GEMBA) program offered here in Houston and in Beijing, China; our Global Studies Sequence; the Professional Program in Accountancy; our Program for Excellence in Selling; our Cougar Fund learning experience; not to mention the certificates and tracks we offer in areas like energy risk management, energy value chain economics, leadership and real estate management. Our undergraduate program in entrepreneurship housed in the Wolff Center for Entrepreneurship, which has consistently been ranked one of the best in the nation (including spots at #1 in 2008, 2010 and 2011), speaks to the synergy created by the partnership between faculty experts and an entrepreneurial community for which the city of Houston is known.

Our efforts have not gone without notice. Bauer is consistently ranked in surveys among the top five percent of public universities in the nation. This section of our website highlights in detail the most recent rankings and successes for the college, including mentions for both our undergraduate program and our full-time MBA program as 53rd respectively among publics from U.S.News & World Report. The magazine also ranks our Professional MBA 37th in the U.S. among publics, and gave our full-time MBA program recognition in its recent list of the 10 Most Popular B-Schools in the U.S.

Additionally, Bloomberg BusinessWeek cites our undergraduate program as 47th in the nation among public business schools and our Professional MBA program as 26th among publics. A Financial Times evaluation of the top 75 EMBA programs in the world ranks our EMBA program 20th in the U.S. among publics. Our entrepreneurship program is consistently ranked as one of the best in the nation by The Princeton Review and Entrepreneur magazine, with recognition as #1 in 2008, 2010 and 2011, #2 in 2007 and 2009, and #3 in 2012.

This recognition is exciting for the college but perhaps even more important is the response we get from people who interact with our students. For us, what really matters is the quality of learning and who really matters are students.

Ted Bauer, after whom the college is named, once remarked, “To help people get an education is the finest thing you can do. Students are the great future.” Ted’s message informs decision making at the Bauer College. The transformation that the Bauer gift led to is nothing short of a regime shift. The life and message of Ted Bauer continues to inspire us every day. Please take a minute and click this link to get a closer glimpse of the life and message of Ted Bauer.

I encourage you to browse our site and see the energy and dedication that drives the work ethic at the Bauer College of Business. I also welcome your suggestions on ways to take the Bauer College to the next level of business leadership. Please send your suggestions to

Welcome to Bauer!

Latha Ramchand
Dean, C. T. Bauer College of Business
Professor of Finance

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