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Personal financial planning named one of top in nation

Friday, November 4, 2011

K-State’s personal financial planning program is among the top 10 recognized in “Financial planning education 101: 10 Standout Schools” in the Nov. 1 issue of Financial Planning e-newsletter.

“Every recognized profession has its top schools,” wrote Danielle Reed, executive editor. “Today there more 333 CFP board-registered programs, from certified programs (183) to undergraduate (103), master’s (41) and Ph.D. programs (6).”

To select the 10 top institutions, Reed wrote that she interviewed veteran planners and industry leaders.

K-State is one of only three of those offering four or more CFP Board-registered programs. About 200 are enrolled in the undergraduate, master’s, PhD. or graduate certificate programs.

School of Family Studies and Human had been long known for consumer-oriented financial research, began to place more emphasis on personal finance for individuals and families, says John Grable, director of the school's Institute of Personal Financial Planning. One of the specialties of the graduate program is financial therapy, a program that started around four years ago, that brings together planners and therapists, social workers, psychologists and counselors.

"What we found is if you talk to a marriage and family therapist, they'll tell you most families are facing some financial stress," Grable says in the article.

Esther Maddux, professor in the master's degree program, is also quoted in the article. She says most of the graduate coursework is done online, as students often have full-time jobs, and some are based far away.

Other schools named are The College For Financial Planning in Greenwood Village, Colo.; University of Georgia, Athens; Boston University; Kaplan; San Diego State University; William Paterson University, Wayne, N.J.; Texas Tech University, Lubbock; Utah Valley University, Orem; and Virginia Tech, Blacksburg.

This article was posted on Friday, November 4, 2011, and is filed under College News, Family Studies & Human Services, Institute of Personal Financial Planning.