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Experiential Learning in Wealth Management
Students in the Principles of Financial Planning course are paired with local Certified Financial Planners,® who act as mentors throughout the semester. The mentors meet with the students during lunches and breakfasts to discuss current financial topics that affect CFP's® and to advise the students on basic concepts regarding putting together a personal financial plan.
At the end of the semester, the students deliver presentations on their personal financial plans and are judged by a panel of six other CFP's®. The judges offer constructive criticism and advice on the work the students have done.
Using the Consulting Framework to Help Remedy Local Business Problems
Local companies are partnering with students in the "Strategic Implementation and Innovation" course to help solve a problem faced by the company operations. As different companies request a partnership, they will bring a different operational problem.
In this type of engaged experience, students strengthen their foundational coursework by being a part of the full problem-solving cycle. Their study of the company includes site visits, project analysis, synthesizing and developing questions, understanding the company and industry processes, using professional communications, exhibiting leadership, and utilizing team dynamics.
At the end of the semester, a student presentation is given to the company's executive team. Then the cycle repeats with another group of students, a new company, and a new problem.
The Vita Service Learning Project
Furman students in Intermediate Accounting I and Advanced Financial Accounting participate in the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) service learning project. As participants in this program, students travel to United Way VITA sites in the community and spend at least 15 hours preparing income tax returns for low-income taxpayers free of charge. The impact of this service is significant as tax payers are able to save several hundred dollars in tax return preparation fees while receiving assistance from certified tax preparers. Prior to VITA service, students are trained in tax return preparation and must pass a certification exam. Throughout their service, students prepare written reflections and consider the impact of their service on themselves and on their community.
In addition to providing a valuable community service, the benefits to students are significant as VITA service involves far more than just inputting numbers into a tax return. Students interview each taxpayer and must develop rapport and a sense of trust in order to effectively obtain information about the client's life and financial situation. In addition to enhancing their communication skills, VITA service helps students gain technical and organizational skills in a professional environment.
An Interdisciplinary Study of Neighborhood Change and Gentrification
"Greenville is-a changing!" but is it for the best? Residents, businesses, and community leaders are worried that these changes are impacting the cultural fabric of many neighborhoods. Furman students and faculty and the United Way of Greenville worked together to study these changes using both qualitative and quantitave methods to better prepare non-profit organizations to address growing community needs and leverage local assets.
Using an urban displacement typology, researchers randomly selected urban and rural tracts at different stages and conducted focus groups with residents and interviews with local businesses to better understand the local business landscape, displacement pressures, impact on community health, and trust within these neighborhoods. One student researcher developed an interactive web interface to allow researchers, community leaders, and community residents to more easily evaluate and map changes over time.