Neeley School Welcomed into CFA Institute 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. Our undergraduate and graduate programs position Neeley students to obtain the Chartered Financial Analyst® designation, the most respected and recognized investment credential in the world.

CRA logoEntry 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. The designation also means that Neeley students can receive 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.

“The honor exemplifies our faculty’s and administrators’ commitment to excellence,” Lockwood said. “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. 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.”

The 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 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.

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.