experiential learning

The Cutler Center supports the Finance Division's offering of rigorous, state-of-the-art programs of study in finance at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. The faculty’s practical approach to education is their  experiences in industry and consulting for a wide range of organizations. The Cutler Center has several programs that allow students to develop practical experience while completing thier degree. These programs include:
  • Student Investment Fund (BCF)
  • Management Consulting Experience (MCFE)
  • Rotman Trading Competition (RTTC)

The Babson College Fund program builds students’ investment research and portfolio management skills by guiding graduate and undergraduate students as they manage a portion of the Babson College endowment.

The Cutler Center Management Consulting Field Experience (MCFE) course provides graduate students with the opportunity to apply what they have learned in the classroom to real-world consulting engagements for investments and finance companies.

Companies sponsoring these engagements have included:

  • Beaumont Financial Partners
  • Brown Advisory
  • Cambridge Trust Company
  • Essex Investments
  • FinArc
  • G51
  • Highmount Capital
  • LaunchCapital

 Of the 40 MCFE projects encompassing 161 students in the 2011-2012 academic year, six were nominated for the Babson MCFE Award (best MCFE), which comes with a cash prize given by Babson-United Inc. (founded by Roger W. Babson). Of the six MCFEs nominated for the award, two were Cutler Center MCFEs, and a Cutler Center MCFE team placed second. The Cutler Center MCFE team (Cambridge Trust Company) won the Babson MCFE Award in the 2011-2012 academic year.

The Cutler Center also supports experiential learning with the Rotman Interactive Trader, an application which simulates a stock exchange and allows users to transact financial securities with each other on a real-time basis. The software allows users to learn about order driven markets, liquidity, the impact of trading costs, and price discovery.