The Banking Course
At the Lundquist College of Business, we use a bank management computer simulation to tackle the fundamental areas of banking in sequential order. The use of a simulation—the Stanford Bank Game as a cost-sparing measure—is based on the notion that when you work for a bank, having an understanding of what the entire wheel does will improve your effectiveness as you work through positions at the various cogs. Our graduates report that their employers are amazed that they received this level of training. Until now, bankers have usually not experienced the simulation model until three or more years into their careers, which is when most attend an advanced professional banking school or graduate program.
The Foundations of Credit Analysis Course
To help students fully prepare, the Lundquist College also offers the opportunity to take an additional course in the foundations of credit analysis. This serves about 24 students a year. About half go on to write their own credit memo for their “works portfolio” in the interviewing process.
Our Students are Getting Jobs and Advancing in Their Careers Faster Than Their Peers
At the UO Lundquist College of Business, one measure of success is direct outcome: our students receive offers of employment and excel in the workplace. Already, students have landed permanent jobs directly involved in credit analysis, operations, and compliance.
With the rise of FinTech, several students have been placed in jobs that use the techniques of credit analysis—but for non-bank and non-lending purposes (for example, financial analyst, budgetary analyst, business analyst, and A/R granting).
Banks such as Key, U.S. Bank, Columbia, MFUG-Union, City National, and several small, local institutions have hired our graduates for internships and permanent employment. Our students arrive in the workplace already knowing techniques that others must learn on the job. As a result, we find they are advancing in their careers faster—as much as six months to two years before their relative hiring cohort.
The UO Lundquist College of Business would like to thank the Oregon Bankers Association for generously supporting our commercial banking program.
—University of Oregon Communications