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Center for Economic Education
  • College of Business
    Louisiana Tech University
    P. O. Box 10318
    Ruston, LA 71272
    Phone: 318.257.
  • The National Council on Economic Education (NCEE) is a nationwide network that leads in promoting economic literacy with students and their teachers. NCEE's mission is to help students develop the real-life skills they need to succeed: to be able to think and choose responsibly as consumers, savers, investors, citizens, members of the workforce, and effective participants in a global economy.
  • Who We Are
  • Over 50 years ago, the National Council on Economic Education (NCEE) saw a gap between what young people needed to know about economics and what they were being taught. So we took action, establishing comprehensive programs that equip teachers with tools to get economics and personal finance into the classroom, and to help students apply in their lives what they learn in school.
  • Since 1949, NCEE has built a unique network of state Councils and university-based Centers to position our organization as the definitive resource for teachers who share our conviction that practical economics must become a core component of the curriculum. We've led the charge, but there's still much more to do.
  • The gap is still serious. NCEE surveys show that nearly half of our young people don't understand how to save and invest for retirement, nor how to handle credit cards, don't know the difference between inflation and recession, nor how government spending affects them. If we fail to act now to improve economic literacy in this country, our children will be at risk for crippling personal debt, costly decisions at work and at home, and lack competitive skills in a fast-paced global economy.
  • Our mission is clear, and we know that our methods and materials are effective in implementing it. Growing interest in the economy and in financial markets, in elementary and secondary education, in international education, and in educational standards, plays to NCEE's proven expertise and strengths. No other organization is in a better position to accomplish more in economic and financial education for the future.
  • We are redoubling our efforts to reach America's teachers -- because investing in teachers has proven to be the most effective way to get into the heads and hands of the nation's young people.
  • Our Mission
  • The mission of the Center for Economic Education in the Department of Economics and Finance, Louisiana Tech University, is to promote high quality teaching of Economics and Consumer Economics at all levels of schooling (K-12) in the State of Louisiana in general and in the local parishes in particular. It does this through the provision of training in Economic Education for current and prospective teachers of Economics and Consumer Economics, and through research in this field.
  • The Louisiana Tech Center for Economic Education serves a 14-parish area -- Webster, Claiborne, Bienville, Union, Lincoln, Jackson, Ouachita, Caldwell, Morehouse, Richland, Franklin, West Carroll, East Carroll, and Madison. Within this service area are 67 high schools, 32 junior high and middle schools, and 98 elementary schools.
  • Students should leave high school:
    1. Knowledgeable about the basic functioning of the economy
    2. Responsible citizens
    3. Knowledgeable consumers
    4. Prudent savers and investors
    5. Effective participants in the global economy
    6. Competent decision-makers throughout their lives

    What We Do

    The Center offers teachers and school districts the curriculum resources and training to teach K-12 students the fundamental economic concepts and skills needed to understand and succeed in our market economy. We are part of the National Council on Economic Education, a network of educators that is recognized across the country as the premier provider of economic education professional development programs for teachers, curriculum consulting, curriculum materials, and student economic education programs. Our programs integrate the teaching of economics (including consumer economics) throughout the curriculum, helping schools develop a comprehensive curriculum for economics.
  • We are Involved In
    1. Setting standards; what every student should know about economics.
    2. Training teachers: workshops and courses to improve student learning.
    3. Developing curriculum: comprehensive programs from kindergarten through 12th grade.
    4. Producing materials: guides and books containing proven strategies for teaching economics.
    5. Evaluating results: instruments for assessing student performance.
  • :: Department Head, Economics and Finance
    Dr. Otis Gilley
  • :: Assistant to the Dr. Gilley
    Ms. Sharon Hughes