Students learn investments management hands-on

Mon, 2007-11-12 09:03 -- univcomm
November 12, 2007

The Anderson University Falls School of Business (FSB) recently announced that students will have the opportunity to invest $100,000 as part of a senior level investments class. The Raven Fund will allow students to learn how to manage an investment fund through a real-world experience. Each semester, a senior-level class of about 10 students will take control of the fund, deciding how to invest the money.

Students of finance are accustomed to using simulated investment portfolios in classroom settings. “While this is a valid learning experience, there is nothing that brings focus to a task like real risk and real reward,” said Dr. Terry Truitt, dean of the Falls School of Business. “The Raven Fund will provide that focused, learning environment for our students.”

“Last year’s class created an investment proposal for $10,000 to present to the university,” said Dr. Kent Saunders, professor of finance in the Falls School of Business who will be teaching the class. “After immediately realizing the costs of portfolio diversification, the students proposed that their funds be increased.” Under Saunders’ leadership, the students’ proposal was unanimously approved by the Anderson University Investment Committee.

“The FSB believes that ‘learning by doing’ is a learning philosophy that strongly complements classroom teaching,” added Truitt. “Their experience will be very real with real dollars, facing all the dangers, risks, and rewards of the investment finance world.”

Anderson University is a private Christian university of 2,700 undergraduate and graduate students in central Indiana. Anderson continues to be recognized as a top Christian college: in 2008, U.S. News and World Report ranked Anderson University among the best colleges and universities in the Midwest for the fourth consecutive year. Established in 1917 by the Church of God, Anderson University offers more than 60 undergraduate majors and graduate programs in business, education, music, nursing and theology.

Falls School of Business is one of Anderson University’s largest academic departments offering eight undergraduate majors as well as MBA and DBA programs. The school is accredited by the Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) and is a member of the Christian Business Faculty Association (CBFA).