Delaware State University's College of Business announced last week that they have added a new financial planning minor for students.

Started as a pilot program in Fall 2016 and spearheaded by the College’s Department of Accounting, Economics and Finance, the program has now been registered with the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards (CFP Board). Students who complete the minor will satisfy two of the CFP Board’s education and ethics requirements, and will be ready to take the CFP Certification Examination upon graduation.

The new program will also look to attract more diverse professionals to the financial planning industry, according to the school.

"There is a shortage today of [CFP's] who are non-white, female or young," stated Nandita Das, DSU's associate professor of finance and director of the new minor. "There is especially a shortage in this field of African-Americans."

“The CFP-board registered Financial Planning Minor at DSU will help meet this need while serving the community, both in terms of training graduates to become board-registered financial planners and also serving Kent County residents through financial literacy workshops and pro bono financial planning,” said Donna Covington, dean of the University's College of Business, per a statement.

From left: Tabias Slaughter, Raven Wainwright, Whitney Douglas, Dr. Nandita Das, Reginald Adams and J’Lynn Drennan of the inaugural Financial Planning minor.
From left: Tabias Slaughter, Raven Wainwright, Whitney Douglas, Dr. Nandita Das, Reginald Adams and J’Lynn Drennan of the inaugural Financial Planning minor. DESU.edu

For more information about DSU’s College of Business, head to the University's site here.

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