Our curriculum is broad and rigorous, and introduces you to concepts like cash flows, yield curves, dividend policy, and interest rate sensitivities. But what will really make the difference is how all that information is taught. According to an independent study gauging teaching quality, Ball State's finance faculty is rated 11th nationally—ahead of Case Western, Boston College, Indiana University, and Harvard. The independent peer study reviewed 446 institutions during 1991-2005 and was published in the spring 2006 issue of Advances in Financial Education, “A Ranking of Teaching Quality in Finance Departments Based on Contributions in Financial Education Literature.” This study makes a direct connection between how involved faculty are in financial education research and teaching issues and the characteristics of a good teacher. In other words, if faculty are out there leading the conversation about financial education, there’s a really good chance they have an enthusiasm and passion for teaching, a solid grasp of the subject matter, can recognize the abilities of students, and are good at getting across real-world application of concepts.
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