Business Law

Professors Ray Calnan, Deborah Cours & Melanie Stallings Williams publish research showing the value of real-life consulting projects for real estate students

May 16, 2019

In their paper, “Connecting to the real world: Incorporating student consulting projects in real estate programs” faculty from CSUN’s David Nazarian College of Business & Economics discuss the significant opportunities for real estate students to develop and apply academic concepts, give meaningful assistance to small businesses, and foster constructive relationships between universities and the larger business community. These projects support the university’s community engagement goals by incorporating service learning opportunities.

Ray Calnan

In planning the real estate curriculum, the program directors reviewed existing education and real estate industry research, interviewed real estate professionals and experts, and considered   skills employers demand.

The authors review the research on student-based projects, discuss its application in real estate programs, and provide guidelines for other educational institutions to adapt for their own programs.

The study, published in the Journal of Education for Business, can be found at