Academic Accounting Programs Ranked

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An accounting industry newsletter has named the accounting programs at the University of Alabama (UA) among the nation's best, according to the Birmingham Business Journal. The website for the Culverhouse College of Commerce and Business Administration said that the rankings were published in the October 2006 issue of Public Accounting Report. This industry report is published by Chicago-based CCH, Inc.

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In a prepared statement, Dean J. Barry Mason of UA's College of Commerce and Business Administration told the Birmingham Business Journal, “There is a culture in the Culverhouse School of Accountancy that encourages innovation. That culture also encourages teaching methods that infuse real world accounting scenarios with today's technology and methodology, so that our students get the best of both worlds.”

UA's undergraduate program moved up seven places from last year's ranking to place 15th nationally in CCH's biweekly newsletter, the Public Accounting Report. The Birmingham Business Journal reports that UA's master's program ranked 14th in this year's survey and 25th in the 2005 national survey. Their doctoral programs ranked 17th in the nation while only getting up to 23rd in the 2005 survey.

Although the rankings were published in Public Accounting Report, the rankings were based on the largest national survey of accounting professors that is conducted annually by a sister publication, CPA Personnel Report, according to the Culverhouse College of Commerce and Business Administration web site.

Culverhouse School of Accountancy Director Dr. Mary Stone told the school web site, “Our faculty works very hard to develop new approaches to accounting education. Faculty members have a genuine concern for our students. All are dedicated to ensuring the courses they teach are relevant and responsive to market changes. We are fortunate to have a very successful and loyal group of alumni who are always willing to share their time to advise us on market changes and support our programs. The combination of dedicated faculty and alumni produces graduates who have the skills and knowledge to become successful professionals.”

The University of Texas at Austin ranked No. 1 in all three categories, according to the Culverhouse College of Commerce and Business Administration web site. Brigham Young University ranked No. 2 for their undergraduate and graduate programs. The report noted, "University of Alabama/Tuscaloosa, Ala., and Baylor University/Waco, Texas, were the big movers on the undergraduate list. Bama jumped seven spots versus last year, and Baylor moved up six spots from last year's ranking.”

The Culverhouse College of Commerce and Business Administration web site went on to report that, “The biggest movers in the graduate rankings were University of Alabama and University of Wisconsin. The Crimson Tide leapt 11 spots, to place at No. 14 in this years graduate rankings. The Badgers jumped nine spots to crack the graduate list Top 10,” according to the report.

In other student accounting news, the Institute of Management Accountants (IMA) held their Seventh Annual Student Leadership Conference at the Marriott Cleveland Downtown at Key Center in Cleveland, Ohio, last week. Their prepared statement said that the conference will provide students with opportunities to become familiar with industry trends, network with experienced practitioners and learn more about the value of the Certified Management Accountant (CMA) credential. The IMA is a global voice for the global management accounting profession.

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