Magazine article American Banker

Does Education Make a Difference in Bank Performance?

Magazine article American Banker

Does Education Make a Difference in Bank Performance?

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Ask the 81 bank executives why they spent 10 days this summer (and will do the same for the next two summers) at America's Community Bankers' Conference Center at Fairfield, Conn. Would they or the chief chief executives who sponsored them to do this if they didn't expect to get a performance return-on-investment? No!

For the last 36 years, more than 3,000 executives have graduated from this challenging program, ACB's National School of Banking. These days when there are declining enrollments in bank education programs, this graduate-level financial management program experienced a 25 percent increase in attendance.

The National School began in 1960 at Brown University, and moved to the Conference Center at Fairfield in 1979. The center is a joint venture funded by ACB in cooperation with Fairfield University. While the core curriculum areas have remained the same, the schools' format and learning techniques have changed drastically. Money and banking, finance, marketing, strategic planning and management from the program. But bank simulations, role playing, case studies, group decisionmaking projects, computer-based and -assisted instruction, and small-group and -individual presentation takes place in the center's learning environment, which has been rated as of the top 10 conference centers in the country. …

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