The four year undergraduate degree in accounting is designed to prepare students for a career in accounting, including opportunities in financial analysis, controllership, auditing, tax advice and tax return preparation, consulting, and entrepreneurial services. Many students continue their education beyond the four year undergraduate degree by obtaining a masters of accounting degree. The advanced degree allows them to meet the CPA licensing requirements in all states and provides significant coverage of advanced accounting concepts.
The undergraduate Accounting major requires a minimum of 21 accounting units and 27 professional core units.
Required Courses- Intermediate Financial Accounting I and II, Managerial Accounting, Accounting Information Systems, Principles of Federal Taxation and Financial Statement Analysis (ACCT 400A, 400B, 310, 461, 420, and 451)
Major Electives - A minimum of one course from Advanced Managerial, Information Quality & Assurance, and Accounting for Government & Non Profits (ACCT 410, 430, 472A)
Professional Core Courses - ECON 300, 330; FIN 360; MGMT 310A, 402; MIS 304, 373; MKTG 361; BNAD 314R
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 2016.
Each semester data is collected and analyzed by faculty for the learning objectives from the defined assessment measurements. At the end of each academic year, senior faculty review the results and consider any necessary changes to academic programs, teaching methodologies, and department activities. The learning objectives are listed below. Information regarding the assessment tools and related academic courses can be reviewed in the attached document.
Critical Thinking The student can:
- Identify a problem and the information needed to develop alternative solutions, evaluate alternative solutions, recommend an optimal solution, and evaluate the impact of the solution on stakeholders.
- Understand the industry environment and company strategies. Compare firm performance, risks and growth. Perform valuation analyses and identify investment opportunities for investors.
- Use mathematical models and perform statistical data analysis in support of business decision-making using appropriate software.
Communication The student can:
- Write appropriately for a given audience with conciseness, clarity, strong organization, and in a professional format.
- Effectively utilize financial data in a written report to communicate ideas with appropriately integrated supporting analyses.
- Prepare and deliver a professional presentation on a business topic using appropriate business software.
Teamwork The student can:
- Provide and receive feedback, ideas, and instruction in a professional manner.
- Organize tasks and delegate responsibility to complete collaborative projects in a timely manner.
- Explain the impact of each team member (including self) on the collaborative project and role each member plays.
Technical Knowledge The student can:
- Explain concepts and techniques from core accounting subject matter including financial accounting, managerial accounting, accounting information systems, and auditing.
- Demonstrates ability to apply tax laws to a set of data in prepration of an individual tax return.
Technology The student can:
- Demonstrate the ability to design a database structure that addresses internal controls associated with the revenue cycle and be able to create efficient tables and reports within Microsoft Access.
- Successfully utilizes tax return software to prepare an individual tax return.
- Demonstrate the ability to create a logical and efficient excel spreadsheet utilizing formulas to derive results and provide analysis and effectively articulate their understanding of the results.
Ethics/ Social Responsibility The student can:
- Identify ethical dilemmas and develop appropriate courses of action that consider the well-being of others and society.
Outcomes The student can:
- Articulate program objectives and whether those objectives were achieved at the end of the program.
Placement The student:
- Leverages skills and experiences for career success.
Assessment activities vary by learning objective. We utilize course assignments, presentations, database projects, case studies, end of program exam, and student assessment surveys. We also collect placement data at graduation.
Details of these assessment activities can be found in the attached pdf (UG AOL Detail Reports F16 S17.pdf).
The most recently issued overall summary report is attached. The report covers the academic period Fall 2016/Spring 2017. This summary report along with the pdf titled "UG AOL Detail Reports F16 S17.pdf" provides a complete view of our assessment activities.
Overall, we were pleased with our assessment findings. Critical thinking, technology, ethics, outcome survey results, and placement results were satisfactory. Teamwork skills were excellent. Communication skills were acceptable but will continue to be an area of focus. We hope the new lower division required business communications course will help improve communication skills over time. Technical knowledge results moved upward, but are still lower than we would like. We will continue to work with instructors and evaluate the questions to improve performance.
We look forward to seeing the effects of the new lower division communications course which should improve our students' writing skills. The multiple choice exam given to measure technical knowledge will continue to be delivered by the Director of Undergraduate programs in future semesters in order to emphasize to the students the importance of quality performance. We will also continue to work with instructors and evaluate the questions to improve performance.
No other significant changes were identified to our teaching approach or course content.