Center for Economic Education & Entrepreneurship


Bank at School – at the elementary level, representatives from community banks visit their local schools weekly to accept student deposits for non-custodial, no fee savings accounts the students have set up. There are accompanying lessons that emphasize financial management and hands-on learning. At the high school level, banks operate branches within the schools. The branches are managed by bank representatives and staffed with student tellers. Learn more.

Economics for Kids – Using existing childrens' literature, Economics for Kids provides kindergarten and first grade teachers with a comprehensive kit of books, lessons, manipulatives and student excercises-- all compiled to teach grade-appropriate economics and personal finance lessons that can be integrated into core areas of English, language arts, and math.  Learn more.

EntrePrep℠ - program provides high school juniors and seniors a real-world entrepreneurship experience with the objective of introducing both entrepreneurship and economic fundamentals.  Participants come for a 6-day residential experience in a college setting to capture the entrepreneurial mindset. Learn more.

Freshman Year Experience – presentation to University of Delaware first-year students designed to help students learn to use credit responsibly.

Keys to Financial Success – a personal finance course designed for high school juniors and seniors by the CEEE to encourage better decision making in personal finance.  Learn more.

Meaningful Economics and Entrepreneurship Competition (ME*) – teams of students in grades three through six participate in a competition highlighting economics, entrepreneurship, and personal finance. Activities include a written test, product creating, problem solving, and  preparation of a marketing strategy for presentation to a panel of judges. Teachers can begin preparing their students for the event using the online practice resources.

Mini-Society – a mini economic system established by students in the third through sixth grades in which they create and manage currency and run businesses that provide goods and essential services for their society. Students experience roles as producers, consumers and voting citizens, and learn economic and entrepreneurial concepts.

Personal Finance Academy - The Personal Finance Challenge provides an exciting competition that tests high school students’ knowledge of savings, investing, credit, risk and money management. Students compete in teams of four in an online preliminary round before advancing to the state competition, held annually at the University of Delaware’s Newark campus.

Stock Market Game – a national program developed by the SIFMA Foundation and offered in Delaware exclusively by the CEEE. Teams of students invest a hypothetical $100,000 in online portfolios using a live trading simulation that develops research, mathematical, language, critical thinking and collaborative skills. Register here.

Teach Children to Save Day – banking professionals serve as visiting instructors to elementary classes throughout the state to present lessons on spending, saving, and money management as part of a nationwide financial literacy effort to educate students on the importance of saving as the basis of future financial security.

The Lerner College is home to a state-of-the-art financial trading facility, the $1.5 million student-led Blue Hen Investment Club, a student-managed restaurant and hotel, a high-technology development center of a global bank and a start-up experience for students with new business ideas.

Undergraduate scholarships, made possible through the generosity of alumni and friends, enable us to support promising scholars. Here, Delaware Gov. Jack Markell and his mother, Leni Markell, join recipients of the William Markell Scholarship (center), which benefits students in Accounting and MIS.

The Institute for Financial Services Analytics is a collaboration between the Lerner College, UD's College of Engineering and JPMorgan Chase, and hosts events for academics and the business community designed to address consumer analytics and industry applications.

All Lerner College departments offer discovery learning experiences and emphasize data-based analytics to enrich the student experience. Here, students at Vita Nova, our award-winning restaurant run through HRIM, joined professional chefs and winemakers in hosting a 2014 Mid-Atlantic Wine and Food Festival event.

Lerner College faculty - like Meryl Gardner, whose research on foods and moods was recently published in the Journal of Consumer Psychology - are thought leaders who command attention from influential business audiences, economists and policy makers.

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