2018 CAS UNIVERSITY AWARD WINNER - UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT AUSTIN
The University of Texas at Austin’s actuarial science program led by Actuarial Program Director Dr. Mark Maxwell, ASA, and Actuarial Program Assistant Director Alisa Walch, FCAS, has eight actuarial faculty members and 280 actuarial students. The university impressed the judges with its focus on property and casualty insurance across curriculum, industry engagement and innovation.
- The program has taken firm steps through its curriculum to help students understand and learn about the P&C field. The topics covered in the courses are relevant to the P&C industry and to CAS specific exam material, including exams MAS-I and MAS-II.
- Exposure to real world actuarial insurance problems through a P&C Case Studies course in which students must solve actuarial problems and present their solutions. This course helps students prepare for their first jobs, as it challenges their actuarial skills while strengthening their presentation, project management, and communication abilities.
- UT Austin does an impressive job of leveraging its connections to the P&C industry, hosting case competitions, and engaging with the CAS through multiple channels including its University Liaison Program, Academic and Student Central Programs, and committee volunteer opportunities.
“The University of Texas at Austin actuarial program is honored to be a Casualty Actuarial Society University Award recipient and would like to thank the CAS for recognizing the accomplishments and efforts of our students and faculty. We aim to prepare our students for the actuarial career through exam preparation, experiential learning, professional development, and building communication skills. The CAS case studies and competitions have played a pivotal role in developing our program and helping us serve our students. We look forward to our continued partnership.”