UT-Austin sweeps annual professors survey; PwC takes top ranking of firms

Public Accounting Report, CCH's independent newsletter of the accounting profession, has published results of its annual survey of accounting professors. Taking the position that accounting faculty members provide a strong influence to students regarding career choices and specifically choices of accounting firms, the survey seeks to measure the perceptions that faculty members bring to their advisory role.

PwC finished top in the rankings of the accounting profession's largest firms. Rankings were based on scores in the following categories:

  • Future Outlook
  • Client Service
  • Technical Reputation
  • Staff Training
  • Compensation
  • Career Opportunity
  • Work Life Balance
  • Diversity
  • Ethics

Here's the rundown of the top seven global firms, in order of their appearance on the list:

  1. PwC (scored first in Future Outlook, Client Service, Technical Reputation, Staff Training, Career Opportunity)
  2. KPMG (scored first in Diversity)
  3. Ernst & Young
  4. Deloitte (scored first in Compensation)
  5. Grant Thornton (scored first in Work Life Balance and Ethics)
  6. McGladrey
  7. BDO Seidman

The annual survey of accounting professors includes  rankings of undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral programs at U.S. colleges and universities. This year, the University of Texas at Austin swept the rankings, with first place spots in all three programs.

Here are the top 10 from each of the rankings:

Top 10 undergraduate programs:

  1. University of Texas-Austin
  2. Brigham Young University
  3. University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign
  4. University of Notre Dame
  5. Indiana University Bloomington
  6. Ohio State University
  7. University of Southern California
  8. Texas A&M University
  9. Michigan State University
  10. University of Georgia

Top 10 graduate programs:

  1. University of Texas-Austin
  2. University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign
  3. Brigham Young University
  4. University of Notre Dame
  5. University of Michigan
  6. Indiana University Bloomington
  7. Texas A&M University
  8. University of Southern California
  9. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  10. Ohio State University

Top 10 Doctoral Programs - Research

  1. University of Texas-Austin
  2. University of Chicago
  3. Stanford University
  4. University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign
  5. University of Michigan
  6. Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania
  7. University of Washington
  8. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  9. Harvard University
  10. Indiana University

Top 10 Doctoral Programs - Teaching

  1. University of Texas-Austin
  2. University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign
  3. Stanford University
  4. University of Chicago
  5. University of Michigan
  6. Harvard University
  7. Indiana University
  8. Michigan State University
  9. University of Washington
  10. Cornell University/Ohio State University (tie)

More than 1,700 accounting educators from 316 colleges and universities participated in the 2010 survey.

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