Boston University Students Receive Graduate Level Certificates at New England College of Finance Commencement on June 22nd

in News Releases, University Affairs
June 16th, 2000

Contact: Sarah Godbout, 617-358-1240 | sgodbout@bu.edu

(Boston, Mass.) — Five students will receive Boston University graduate level certificates at the New England College of Finance’s (NECF) ninety-first graduation ceremonies on Thursday, June 22nd at the Federal Reserve Bank in Boston at 6 p.m. Boston University’s Metropolitan College is NECF’s only partner which offers a graduate level program that leads to recruitment and retention of employees in the financial industry. Boston University President Jon Westling will give the keynote address and acting dean of Metropolitan College Jay Halfond will award the approximately eighty degrees and professional development certificates.

In 1998 Boston University’s Metropolitan College joined with NECF to offer the graduate certificate in financial markets and services. According to Halfond, Boston University provides the instruction and the credit, which is paid for by the student’s employer, and NECF establishes the connections to the industry. Eligible applicants must have a bachelor’s degree and are required to take courses in financial markets, management of financial institutions, and investment analysis. Boston University’s Metropolitan College also joined NECF to establish a bachelor’s of science in Management Studies in 1999.

NECF, a not-for-profit organization, became fully accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges in 1985 and is the first banking institute to receive degree-granting authority from the Board of Regents of Higher Education. It was originally founded as a banking institute in 1909 and has expanded in the 1970s and ‘80s to provide associates, bachelor’s, and master’s degrees in addition to seminars and custom curricula. Under the current president and chief executive officer, Robert A. Regan, a total of 600 programs are offered.

In the 1990s NECF acquired more than a dozen partnerships with universities as well as corporations, such as the National Investment Company Services Association (NICSA), the Insurance Library Association (ILA), and the Massachusetts Society of CPAs.

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