2020 CAS UNIVERSITY AWARD WINNER
MIDDLE TENNESSEE STATE UNIVERSITY
Middle Tennessee State University’s actuarial science program has five full-time actuarial faculty members, five full-time faculty members in statistics, and approximately 120 actuarial students housed in the Department of Mathematical Sciences. The university impressed the judges with its focus on property and casualty as shown in the following examples:
- The undergraduate and graduate curriculum exposes a wide variety of P&C topics covered for VEEs and CAS specific exams including MAS-I, MAS-II, and Exam-5. In addition, it incorporates modern data science techniques that can support broader applications in property and casualty insurance. Highlights include a P&C Ratemaking and Loss Reserving course, a data project focused Predictive Analytics course, and a course on Computational Statistics.
- The program has close connections to the P&C industry and active engagements with the CAS through multiple channels including: the university liaison program, academic and student central programs, participation in CAS committee services, and by hosting the Casualty Actuaries of Southeast (CASE) regional conference. In addition, the program has a highly influential advisory board in the P&C field that supports and provides students with internships, entry-level positions, and project resources for research topics and student theses that result in actuarial conference presentations and publications.
- The program provides broad training opportunities for students in communications, business, and data skills with a possible minor or a certificate in Data Science, and a minor in Risk Management & Insurance. In addition, all actuarial faculty members are active in research and heavily involved in the Computational Science PhD Program.
“We are thrilled to receive such wonderful news, especially during this special and challenging time,” said Professor Don Hong, Director of Actuarial Science Program. “We are honored to receive such a prestigious award and would like to thank the CAS for recognizing the dedication and accomplishments of our faculty, students, distinguished alumni, the university liaisons and industrial partners of our program. Middle Tennessee State University has been fortunate to partner with the Casualty Actuarial Society and Casualty Actuaries of Southeast (CASE) to educate and train students on property and casualty actuarial topics and skills. The award will inspire us to keep improving our program to fulfill our mission of providing a world-class actuarial education to our students.”
Middle Tennessee State University graduate students pictured alongside two faculty members after their internship presentation.