Two programs in Edinboro University’s School of Business earned an acclaimed renewal from a national standards-setting educational body.
Edinboro University’s Bachelor of Science in Business Administration – Personal Financial Planning and Minor in Personal Financial Planning both received renewal from the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards, Inc., allowing students who complete the program to sit for the Certified Financial Planner (CFP) exam without additional coursework.
“This affirmation by the CFP Board recognizes the high-quality business education received at Edinboro University,” said Dr. Scott Miller, dean of Edinboro’s School of Business. “Our students are highly sought after as evidenced by our student placements. The PFP program has become nationally recognized for the quality of our program and the high-performing graduates that enter the profession each year from our program.”
After passing the CFP certification exam, Edinboro graduates will be ready to help individuals make educated financial decisions on a wide range of topics, from mortgages and insurance to college and estate planning, taxes and retirement.
Edinboro’s Personal Financial Planning concentration is also accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools & Programs (ACBSP), which accredits quality business programs across the globe.
“Edinboro students are eager to become educated financial-planning professionals and to participate in experiences beyond the classroom,” said Dr. Mike Engdahl, chairperson of Edinboro’s Business and Economics Department. “This program renewal allows Edinboro faculty and administration to continue offering valuable experience to the next generation of financial planners.”
Students in Edinboro’s Personal Financial Planning program can also become IRS-certified tax preparers to volunteer with Erie FREE Taxes. Each year, many students from the Personal Financial Planning, Accounting and other business programs at Edinboro take part in this program to help low-income residents prepare their income taxes at no cost.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of personal financial advisors is projected to grow 15 percent through 2026, faster than the average for all occupations. With a Personal Financial Planning degree from Edinboro University, graduates will be prepared to take the CFP exam and find employment in personal financial planning firms, banks, insurance companies and other commercial enterprises.
The Certified Financial Planner Board was founded in 1985 as a non-profit, dedicated to promoting professional financial planning services. In 2017, the organization celebrated a milestone of more than 80,000 CFP-certified professional across the U.S.
For more information about Edinboro University’s Personal Financial Planning programs, visit www.edinboro.edu/financial-planning.
With photo: Twelve Edinboro University students and advisor Dr. Mike Engdahl (right) attended the Certified Financial Planner Board conference in Arlington, Va., this semester. Two Edinboro financial planning programs were recently renewed by the CFP Board for academic standards.