At a glance
- Academic advising
- Success coach
- Experiential Learning & Career Development Coach
- Thinking and Learning
- SAF Crews
- Finance and Data Analytics Lab
- Undergraduate learning outcomes
Prof. Darren Charters
519-888-4567, ext. 32570
Math/CPA Academic Advisor
519-888-4567, ext. 35546
519-888-4567, ext. 35114
Dave Logan, your academic success coach, emphasizes individualized success planning. Like athletes, professional students can benefit from coaching to take your academic performance to the next level. Dave Logan is a qualified professional who can provide confidential counseling to help with personal concerns, academic success, and approaches to studies and exams.
At SAF we are committed to helping you become a successful learner. We believe that to develop and grow as a learner, you have to first understand yourself as a learner. We offer workshops, course integrated activities and peer supported learning to help you develop that understanding and practice new learning skills.
We also believe in the importance and value of learning from your peers. Peer supported learning fosters a culture of collaboration rather than competition and can contribute to a deeper understanding of what you are learning and how you are learning.
Peer Support Learning (PSL) Champions
If you look up the definition of “champion” as a verb, you will find a number of words like guardian, booster, friend, supporter, advocate, proponent and fighter. And this is what our PSL Champions do. They are enthusiastic supporters of your learning success.
PSL Champions can be reached through Ten Thousand Coffees, our student mentorship platform to address your learning questions. Although not content experts, they are familiar with course and term expectations and can help you navigate your way to success. They may even reach out to you from time to time to see how you’re feeling about your learning and direct you to resources that can help you strengthen your learning skills.
Students often find that the approach to learning that has worked for them to this point requires some tweaking as they transition to university and as they progress through their program. PSL Champions will facilitate workshops and course integrated activities to help you grow and develop the learning skills you need to succeed.
PSL Champions are not tutors. They do not provide academic tutoring for specific course content. Tutoring for first year AFM courses is available on a drop in basis in the student residence, Village 1 (V1), where many first-year students live.
Equally important is for you to take charge of your learning by asking questions. All SAF students are strongly encouraged to ask questions both in and out of the classroom. Outside of the classroom, students should take advantage of office hours offered by most Professors to discuss your questions in more depth. Courses with TAs may also offer additional support through discussion boards, office hours and/or tutorials.
Nailah, former AFM student, says this about the value of asking questions and peer support:
There’s a misconception that asking for help is a form of weakness. This is far from the truth. Asking for help demonstrates confidence and is a key factor to personal success. Seeking help was the best decision I could have made; my grades went up and my stress level went down. I strongly encourage students to overcome this fallacy that only the weak ones ask for help. Those who strive and succeed are the ones who are willing to work hard and seek help to overcome personal obstacles.
For more information about our learning supports, contact Tracy Hilpert.
Individuals perform better and get more from their experiences when they are supported by a group of their peers. That’s why learning teams are used at Columbia Business School, work teams are used at Google, and training teams are used by Olympians. The greatest breakthroughs are often discovered by research teams, not individual researchers. Engineering teams are used in Silicon Valley tech firms because they work faster and more efficiently, and they generate better ideas. Artists collaborate all the time to achieve amazing results. Research shows that familiar teams enjoy benefits similar to having home-field advantage for Game 7 of a best-of-seven series. Most importantly, research has also found that team-based learning increases student achievement, creates positive relationships among students, and promotes healthy student psychological adjustment to university.
SAF Crews are groups of 5-6 students that support each other through the first year SAF experience. Crew members build strong working relationships with each other, attend events together and support each other’s professional awareness and academic success. Each Crew appoints a Communicator who meets regularly with an SAF staff member who is the Crew Captain. The Crew Captain works with the Communicator to foster effective team collaboration.
SAF Crews are also intended to foster two way communication between the student body and School faculty/staff. These interactions provide an opportunity for students to provide feedback and input to the School and for the School to help provide structure and guidance regarding student organization and planning across the four experience areas: Academic, Career, Health and Community.
Thompson Reuters EIKON
Allows students to monitor and analyze financial information by providing them access to real time market data, news, fundamental data and analytics tools.
- The lab comprises 52 workstations, 2 back-up stations, and an instructor podium.
- Work stations have 2 screens. Students can work on a spreadsheet on one screen while referring to a data source on the other screen.
- Students develop their skills in using powerful business software and industry databases such as Capital IQ, Thomson Reuters Eikon, IDEA, Tableau, Python, R, Simulation Software and SAS.
- Instructors work from the podium or move through the lab to provide instruction and advice.
- Instructors can display a spreadsheet on one screen and a data source on the other screen.
- Dual large-format screens throughout the lab ensure everyone can participate.
- Instructors can pull up an individual student’s work to share with the whole class.
- Students can use the lab for their work on the Student Investment Fund and related learning projects.
Other programming and software available in the lab:
- Taxprep software
For more information, contact Mulham Al Akhras, Financial Research and Learning Lab Manager.
If you're wanting to move to the next level in your academic success, you are encouraged to take advantage of the coaching resources available. A dedicated School of Accounting and Finance (SAF) team is here to support and coach you in order to help you maximize your learning potential.
Knowledge base for financial professionals
Understand foundational concepts for a financial professional' knowledge area.
Identify and analyze issues in multiple knowledge areas of a financial professional.
Identify, analyze, and evaluate alternatives in at least one of the knowledge areas of a financial professional.
The knowledge areas of a financial professional include:
• Financial Reporting
• Management Accounting
• Strategy, Governance and Risk Management
• Managerial Finance
• Capital Markets
• Business Analytics
Communicate information, arguments, and analyses accurately and reliably, orally and in writing to a range of audiences.
Problem solving capabilities
Frame a problem and develop a solution based on the analysis of generated alternatives.
Fluency in the languages of business, entrepreneurship, and technology
Understand the broader business environment, models, and technology trends.
Apply business analytics in support of management decision-making with structured data.
Understand the role of financial professionals in business innovation.
Ethical conduct and social responsibility
Demonstrate ethical conduct and social responsibility in professional, business, and societal contexts.
Leadership and collaboration
Demonstrates leadership in setting and achieving goals in a structured or unstructured environment.
Demonstrates interpersonal skills needed to function effectively as a team member.
Attributes/qualities of a financial professional
Values and supports contributions from others.
Practices integrity in their actions.
Participates in lifelong learning.