The Department of Accounting has offered the following degrees for many years: BSBA in Accounting, Masters of Accounting (MAcc), Master of Science in Accounting (MSA), and a Ph.D. in Management. The Accounting program prepares students for careers such as the independent practice of public accounting, controllership, and general accounting management. Graduate work in accounting is offered for those who wish for more background for the positions described above and for those who wish to teach in colleges and universities.
The mission of the Department of Accounting is to:
- Provide top quality accounting education programs and support services that attract and graduate an excellent and diverse student body who enjoy productive and successful careers.
- Conduct significant and selective scholarly research in accounting, and integrate it into our educational process.
- Encourage a collegial and supportive culture within the department, a respect and tolerance for people and their ideas, and an environment that supports success and the pursuit of excellence.
- Build mutually beneficial relationships with the business, government, and alumni communities in order to increase our value to our constituents and supplement our resource base.
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. We reviewed and updated learning objectives and established assessment tools and measurements for each of our four programs (undergraduate, MAcc, MSA, and Ph.D.). The 2013-2014 academic year was the first year data was collected for our newly created MSA program. This is the fourth year of data collection for the program.
Each semester data is collected for the learning objectives from the defined assessment measurements. Faculty teaching each course evaluates the data and prepares analysis for all individual learning objectives. 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 most recently issued summary report is attached. The report covers the academic period Fall 2016/Spring 2017.
There is additional supplementary data within the undergraduate and graduate sections of the website. Please refer to this additional supplementary data to review detailed test results and supporting documentation for the summary.
Please see the summary report as well as the additional detail provided within each program's assessment page.
Based on the assessment and analysis of the results, no significant changes to our curriculum or teaching methods were suggested. A few adjustments to the assessment tools were recommended and will be considered for implementation.