Value added: West Virginia University’s approach to innovative experiential learning

Naomi E. Boyd (Department of Finance, West Virginia University, Morgantown, West Virginia, USA)
Gulnara R. Zaynutdinova (Department of Finance, West Virginia University, Morgantown, West Virginia, USA)
Michael Burdette (Department of Finance, West Virginia University, Morgantown, West Virginia, USA)
Nathan Burks (Department of Finance, West Virginia University, Morgantown, West Virginia, USA)

Managerial Finance

ISSN: 0307-4358

Publication date: 31 July 2019

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to expand the domain of experiential learning by sharing the experiences of establishing and developing student managed investment fund (SMIF) at West Virginia University (WVU).

Design/methodology/approach

This paper discusses the structure and performance of the SMIF at WVU within the context of experiential learning literature in financial education.

Findings

The adopted structure and coordination of SMIF appears to be effective in bridging the gap between classroom and the professional world, while significantly enhancing student experiential learning opportunities, engagement and professional preparedness.

Originality/value

The paper presents experience of launching and operating a SMIF at WVU, which has recently joined the ranks of R1 research universities. While the importance of research productivity has been on the rise, the significance of strengthening student experiences has also been growing and maintaining the balanced approach can be challenging. Enrollment in WVUs undergraduate finance program grew 33 percent over the past three years. With growing enrollment and competitiveness of finance degree programs, experiential learning opportunities like WVU’s SMIF are an essential for an evolving curriculum.

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Citation

Boyd, N., Zaynutdinova, G., Burdette, M. and Burks, N. (2019), "Value added: West Virginia University’s approach to innovative experiential learning", Managerial Finance, Vol. ahead-of-print No. ahead-of-print. https://doi.org/10.1108/MF-08-2018-0403

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