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.
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.
- Prepare and deliver a professional presentation on a business topic using appropriate business software.
- Effectively utilize financial data in a written report to communicate ideas with approp
- riately integrated supporting analyses.
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 con
- trols 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.
Placement The student:
- Engages in professional development activities and becomes more aware of opportunities in the accounting profession.
- Leverages skills and experiences for career success.
Details of these assessment activities can be found in the attached pdf (UG AOL Detail Reports F14 S15 pdf).