October 7-11, 2020
Organized in 1975, the Alabama Banking School (ABS) provides a planned environment for the study of banking tailored to the needs of Alabama banks. The school is sponsored by the Alabama Bankers Association and is governed by a board of trustees. Students are in residence one week each year for the three sessions they attend. During each session, students spend a minimum of 40 hours in the classroom and work on case studies in the evenings. They also take comprehensive final exams and are assigned home study problems between resident sessions. These problems must be completed satisfactorily for students to return to school and qualify for graduation.
The course of study is designed to enhance the knowledge and skills of its participants in banking and related areas. The school’s curriculum provides broad exposure to banking topics and issues. The program culminates during the last year in an activity that allows students to run their own virtual bank through a computer-based bank simulation called BankExec. BankExec participants will graduate with a well-rounded understanding of the cause-and-effect relationship resulting from each decision made in their effort to run a profitable bank.
The time in residence at the Alabama Banking School is only a portion of the overall curriculum of the school. Students must successfully complete three home study problems between terms. Home study problems must be received on or before a specified due date. Applicants should consider this aspect of the school to ensure they will be able to devote the necessary time outside the classroom.
Students must attend all assigned classes during the resident session and complete the required work; first and second-term students must participate in final examination while graduating seniors present final BankExec results to a panel of judges.
The Alabama Banking School is held on the campus of the University of South Alabama in Mobile. Classes, housing and food services are provided on the university campus. Students are required to live in lodging provided at the school.