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Overview: 

The Master of Accounting (MAcc) program is designed to prepare students for careers in professional accounting and consulting with advanced training in financial, managerial and/or tax accounting. Two tracks of study are available to students: Audit and Tax.  The program prepares students for careers in professional accounting, private industry, and consulting including obtaining licensing as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA).

The Masters of Science in Accounting (MSA) is a new program launched in Fall 2012.  We identified learning objectives and measurements for this program in September 2013 and will report on it for the second time at the end of this academic year.

The doctoral accounting program leads to a Ph.D. in management grounded on solid research methods.  Core courses develop expertise in economics, behavioral sciences, and quantitative methods, and provide a detailed knowledge of contemporary accounting research. Graduates are strong candidates for faculty positions at other Research 1 universities.

Expected Learning Outcomes: 

Notice that each of the three graduate programs in Accounting has a separate set of student learning outcomes. These student learning outcomes all begin with a verb, and explicitly state what students should know and be able to do as a result of completing the program.The accounting department strives to have a relevant and useful Assurance of Learning plan; for this reason the department reviews and updates the plan annually. The most recent revision was in August, 2014.  The current list of objectives and assessment measurements are listed below.  Information regarding the assessment tools and related academic courses can be reviewed in the attached documents. 

Masters of Accounting Program:

Critical Thinking - The student can:

  • Demonstrate the ability to identify a problem and the information needed to develop a solution, develop alternative solutions, recommend the best solution, and evaluate the efficacy of the solution after it has been implemented.
  • Demonstrate the ability to articulate an argument, evaluate the quality of arguments and evidence, and construct and defend the position taken.

Communication - The student can:

  • Express written information accurately and in an audience appropriate manner with conciseness and clarity.
  • Demonstrate the ability to effectively prepare and deliver a professional presentation on a business topic.
  • Debate a complex issue into a coherent written statement or oral presentation.

Collaboration - The student can:

  • Provide and receive feedback, ideas, and instruction in a professional manner.
  • Organize tasks and divide responsibility to complete collaborative projects in a timely manner.
  • Explain the role and impact of each team member (including self) on the collaborative project.

Technical Knowledge - The student can:

  • Demonstrate understanding of graduate level core discipline subject matter.

Technology - The student can:

  • Demonstrate the ability to use business software and technology (tax, audit, & general ledger) appropriately.

Ethics/ Social Responsibility - The student can:

  • Identify ethical dilemmas and develop appropriate courses of action that consider the well-being of others and society.
  • Evaluate the role of legal and social responsibility in business decisions.

Career and Placement - The student can:

  • Leverage skills and experiences for career success.

Outcomes - The student can:

  • Articulate program objectives and whether those objectives were achieved at the end of the program.

Masters of Science in Accounting Program:

Critical Thinking - The student can:

  • Describe industry environment and company strategies. Compare firm performance, risks, and growth. Perform valuation analysis and identify investment opportunities for investors.
  • Demonstrate the ability to articulate an argument, evaluate the quality of arguments and evidence, and construct and defend the position taken.

Communication - The student can:

  • Prepare and deliver a professional presentation on a business topic.
  • Express written information accurately and in an audience appropriate manner with conciseness and clarity.

Collaboration - The student can:

  • Provide and receive feedback, ideas, and instruction in a professional and enthusiastic manner.
  • Organize tasks and divide responsibility to complete collaborative projects in a timely manner.
  • Explain the role and impact of each team member (including self) on the collaborative project.

Technical Knowledge - The student can:

  • Demonstrate understanding of graduate level core discipline subject matter.

Technology - The student can:

  • Demonstrate the ability to use business software and technology (tax, audit, & general ledger) appropriately.

Ethics/ Social Responsibility - The student can:

  • Identify ethical dilemmas and develop appropriate courses of action that consider the well-being of others and society.
  • Evaluate the role of legal and social responsibility in business decisions.

Outcomes - The student can:

  • Articulate program objectives and assess whether those objectives were achieved through the MSA program.

Ph.D. Program

Research - The student can:

  1. Demonstrate mastery of important concepts in accounting research
  2. Identify appropriate research questions and select appropriate research methodology for investigating those questions
  3. Obtain employment consistent with demonstrated research abilities and skills

Teaching - The student can:

  1. Demonstrate classroom teaching and presentation skills adequate for delivering undergraduate instruction in a college or university setting
  2. Demonstrate ability to achieve satisfactory performance in teaching an undergraduate accounting class
Assessment Activities: 

Masters Programs - A variety of assessment activities are utilized to measure our learning objectives.  Activities include course assignments, topic debates, projects, technology assessments, comprehensive end of program exams, and case studies.  We also monitor student placement data upon graduation.

The assessment activities are found in the respective attachment for each program at the bottom of this page. Similar to the Accounting undergraduate program, the measurement point is included, as well as the timing of measurement, who is responsible, and previous year’s results.

Please review the MAcc AOL Detail Reports F14 S15 and MSA AOL Detail Reports F14 S15 attachments for a detailed description of the assessment activities, assessment data and findings.

 

PhD Program - Again a variety of assessment tools are utilized including written and oral comprehensive exams, research proposals, dissertation proposals, student presentations, and teaching evaluations. 

We revised our PhD program assessment as a result of the Academic Program Review performed in Spring 2013.  We analyzed data during the F14/S15 academic year and results are included in the Summary Report 2014 - 2015 document attached below.

Assessment Findings: 

MAcc Program - The summary analysis of our MAcc program can be found in the AOL Summary Report 2014 - 2015. Please review the attached MAcc AOL Detail Reports F14 S15.pdf file for all the detailed data and analysis. 

The findings for each program are also found in the respective detail report at the bottom of the page. The faculty in the Accounting programs has created a template that allows for meaningful representation and reporting of the data, which can be used to guide discussion on program changes.

We were very pleased with our assessment results related to collaboration and technical knowledge. We were satisfied with the results related to ethics, technology, communication, and critical thinking.  Placement performance and outcomes survey results were also acceptable.

MSA program - The summary analysis of our MSA program can be found in the AOL Summary Report 2014 - 2015. Please review the attached MSA AOL Detail Reports F14 S15.pdf file for all the detailed data and analysis. 

Overall, we are pleased with the assessment results.  We are satisfied with the results related to critical thinking, technical knowledge, technology, ethics, collaboration, and outcomes survey results.  We need to continue to focus on developing the communication skills of our MSA students as many are from international locations. 

PhD program - Please review the PhD section of the AOL Summary Report 2014 - 2015.  The PhD AOL Detail Report F14 S15 for detailed data and analysis s not yet available.  There was an unexpected death of a key faculty member in the spring semester.  Certain measurement scores were not collected.  Processes are being put in place this fall to collect the data as exams and presentations occur. Overall, faculty is pleased with PhD student performance for both the research and teaching objectives.

Change in Response to Findings: 

Based on the assessment and analysis of the results, no significant changes to our graduate curriculum or teaching methods were suggested.  A few adjustments to the assessment tools were recommended and will be considered for implementation next year. 

Even though no significant change has resulted from this process, it is evident that the faculty has considered the findings. The summary report is presented to the faculty at the beginning of each academic year to review the findings and guide discussion on potential changes to the program curriculum.

If additional information is desired regarding the individual assessment tools, please contact the Department of Accounting.

 

Updated date: Thu, 11/05/2015 - 09:34