Center of Economic Education

University Center Recognized With National Affiliation

December 19, 2006


Cal State Fullerton’s Center for Economic Education has been awarded a five-year affiliation with the National Council on Economic Education.

“We are very pleased that the National Council on Economic Education has honored the center and our efforts with this recognition,” said Chiara Gratton-Lavoie, center director. “Centers in good standing are evaluated every two to three years. Five-year certifications are rare.”

The CSUF center, operated under the auspices of the College of Business and Economics and one of only 10 such centers in the state, achieved the affiliation status through curriculum development and consultation, teacher training workshops, course materials dissemination and educational research, said Gratton-Lavoie.

Among the activities the center offers are stock market simulations and workshops for high school teachers, such as the “Economics of Globalization” workshop held Dec. 9, which offered lesson plans and hands-on activities to challenge students to think critically about the world. 

“This commendation is expressive of our shared mission and goals, standards and guidelines and aspirations for advancing economic and personal finance education in the nation’s schools,” noted Robert F. Duvall, president and CEO of the National Counsel on Economic Education. “We commend your effort in delivering economic education.”

California Council on Economic Education President Jim Charkins recently joined Anil Puri, dean of the College of Business and Economics, left, and Morteza Rahmatian, chair and professor of economics, right, in honoring the Center for Economic Education. Pictured with them are Barbara Sideri, administrative assistant for the center, second from left, and center director Chiara Gratton-Lavoie.