Degree Type

Honors Capstone Project

Date of Submission

Spring 5-1-2019

Capstone Advisor

Ginger Wagner

Honors Reader

Ron Ehrenreich

Capstone Major


Capstone College


Audio/Visual Component


Capstone Prize Winner


Won Capstone Funding


Honors Categories

Social Sciences

Subject Categories

Accounting | Business


Students receiving professional degrees are often less motivated than their peers to graduate from the Renée Crown University Honors Program at Syracuse University. One possible explanation for this is that these students are discouraged by the requirement of writing an academic thesis. To remedy this issue and motivate more students from the Martin J. Whitman School of Management to graduate from the Honors Program, this project aims to serve as an example to future business students of one possible way to structure a professional thesis.

This paper is a critical reflection of the skills one develops while working at a Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI). I worked as a Community Development Lending Policy Editor at Syracuse Cooperative Federal Credit Union (Cooperative Federal), where I was responsible for verifying and updating the credit union’s lending policy. The need for such a position arose from a variety of circumstances, including the upcoming retirement of the credit union’s first and only CEO and recent changes in the business lending regulations imposed by the National Credit Union Administration (NCUA). Throughout my time at Cooperative Federal, I developed knowledge specific to the community development lending industry, technical skills that I can apply to my future professional, and workplace etiquette that will empower me to be an active and thoughtful employee.

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