USJ earns Bronze Level of Casualty Actuarial Society University Recognition Program  

The Casualty Actuarial Society (CAS) has announced that the University of Saint Joseph has qualified for Bronze Tier within the CAS University Recognition Program. This program recognizes academic institutions with a demonstrated commitment to preparing property and casualty actuaries through their educational offerings. The CAS is the world’s only actuarial organization focused exclusively on property and casualty risks, serving over 10,000 members worldwide. CAS members work for insurance companies, educational institutions, state insurance departments, federal government agencies, independent consulting firms, and many other organizations that require management of risk.   

The CAS offers three levels of recognition for universities, Bronze, Silver, and Gold. Benefits offered through this program are designed to address the specific needs of universities depending on their established tier.   The CAS University Recognition Program builds upon the former CAS University Award Program introduced in 2016. USJ will receive a set of benefits that accompany this honor, including being featured on the official CAS University Recognition Program list on the CAS website.    

“We are pleased to honor universities through the CAS University Recognition Program,” said Victor Carter-Bey, DM, CEO of the Casualty Actuarial Society. “Recognition at the Bronze Tier demonstrates that the University of Saint Joseph is committed to exposing their students to the property and casualty actuarial career path through their participation in the CAS University Liaison, Student Central, Student Ambassador, and Academic Central Programs.” 

Established in 2017, the Actuarial Science program at the University of Saint Joseph has rapidly grown into a vibrant, distinctive degree that prepares students to be competitive in the job market. The actuarial curriculum at USJ closely follows the recommendations of the two major actuarial professional societies in the United States. The required coursework prepares students to pass two preliminary actuarial exams before graduation and advanced electives cover the content of two additional exams. The supporting courses in economics, accounting, and finance introduce students to the business aspect of the profession and allow them to earn credits towards the validation by Educational Experience (VEE) requirements. The well-rounded curriculum is enhanced by individualized advising, attentive faculty, and an accepting, supportive student body. 

“A distinctive feature of USJ’s actuarial program is its strong emphasis on experiential learning and connections to industry,” said Ekaterina Lioutikova, Ph.D., associate professor and chair of Mathematics, Department of Mathematics and Computer Science. “The Actuarial Science Advisory Board consists of actuarial leaders from the business community, who offer curriculum advice to the program and numerous mentoring, networking, and career-coaching opportunities to the students. Industry partners visit the campus often to interact with the students and provide professional career guidance. USJ students have many opportunities to gain real-world experience through job shadowing and internships with companies in the Hartford area, ‘The Insurance Capital of the World.’” 

For more information about USJ’s Actuarial program, go to: Actuarial Science Concentration | University of Saint Joseph | CT (usj.edu)

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