January 30, 2013

Neeley School Welcomed into CFA Institute Recognition Program

TCU is among the latest universities to be welcomed into the CFA Institute University Recognition Program. The Neeley School of Business’ undergraduate BBA program for finance majors and the TCU MBA program have been acknowledged as incorporating at least 70 percent of the CFA candidate body of knowledge and placing emphasis on the CFA Institute code of ethics and standards of practice. These undergraduate and graduate programs position Neeley students to obtain the Chartered Financial Analyst® designation, the most respected and recognized investment credential in the world.

Entry into the CFA Institute University Recognition Program signals to students, employers and the marketplace that the Neeley School of Business at TCU is closely tied to professional practice and preparing students to sit for the CFA exams. Through participation in this program, the Neeley School is eligible to receive student scholarships for the CFA program each year. 

A Chartered Financial Analyst, Finance Professor Larry Lockwood administers the CFA track courses at the Neeley School. He has assisted CFA Societies and instructed CFA candidates across the U.S. and Europe since 1987. Lockwood is the Stan Block Endowed Chair in Finance and is advisor for the Neeley School’s prestigious Educational Investment Fund, the first entirely student-run fund, established in 1973.

“Because TCU is among just a handful of universities worldwide to have both the undergraduate and MBA finance programs identified with this honor,” Lockwood said, “the award exemplifies our faculty and administrators’ commitment to excellence. Our students are being recognized for striving to become serious investment professionals and ethical leaders in an increasingly global marketplace.”

Jim Hille, TCU’s chief investment officer, added: “Events that have unfolded in the finance industry in the last few years highlight the crucial need for finance professionals who are exceptionally skilled and ethically aware. Through the CFA Institute University Recognition Program, TCU students master the body of knowledge that experts globally have identified as essential. Importantly, the CFA program is aligned with TCU’s mission to prepare future investment professionals to think and act as ethical leaders and responsible citizens in the global community.”

About the Neeley School of Business at Texas Christian University (www.neeley.tcu.edu)
Celebrating 75 years in 2013, the Neeley School of Business at TCU is nationally ranked and recognized among the best undergraduate and graduate business programs in the nation and the world byBloomberg Businessweek , U.S. News & World Report, The Economist, Entrepreneurand The Princeton Review. The Neeley School is fully accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), the highest standard of accreditation for business schools internationally.

About CFA Institute(www.cfainstitute.org)
CFA Institute is the global association of investment professionals that sets the standard for professional excellence and administers the industry gold standard CFA charter. The organization is a champion for ethical behavior in investment markets and a respected source of knowledge in the global financial community. The end goal: to create an environment where investors’ interests come first, markets function at their best and economies grow. CFA Institute has more than 110,000 members in 139 countries and territories, including 100,000 CFA charterholders.

About the CFA Program
The CFA program sets a standard for developing the skills, standards, competence and integrity of financial analysts, portfolio managers, investment advisers and other investment professionals worldwide. It is widely considered the investment profession’s most rigorous credentialing program. Administered in English, the CFA curriculum and examinations are identical worldwide. Fewer than one in five candidates who begin the program successfully complete it and go on to earn the coveted CFA charter, the gold standard for investment professionals.

Chartered Financial Analyst and CFA are registered trademarks of the CFA Institute. The CFA Institute is the administrator the CFA Program and grantor of the CFA designation.


Elaine Cole
PR Manager
Neeley School of Business at TCU