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1. What are the unique aspects of your program that set you apart from the competition?
UCM's accounting program is one of only 167 accounting programs accredited by The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) of more than 10,000 business programs in 31 countries. AACSB is recognized globally as the symbol of excellence for business schools and accounting programs. U.S. News & World Report named UCM a "Top Public University" in the Midwest among institutions primarily offering bachelor's and master's degrees and is considered one of the "Best in the Midwest" and one of the nation's "Best Value Institutions" by Princeton Review.
We are a large enough program to offer diversity of faculty perspectives in class as well as excellent placement opportunities for students upon graduation. Yet, we are small enough that each student receives personalized attention from faculty. Additionally, students are afforded many opportunities to interact with peers both in and outside of the classroom.
2. What is the average class size within your department? Are the classes more of a lecture or interactive style?
Classes with course numbers 2000 to 3000 average in size from 20-45. Classes with course numbers 4000-5000 average 10-25. Lecture and interactive styles vary by instructor. The accounting faculty, however, exhibit a variety of teaching styles resulting in some lecture-based classes and some that are much more interactive.
3. In what ways do students work together on problem solving inside and outside of the classroom?
Many classes use a team approach for solving problems and for project creation. In accounting, students also have the opportunity for real life business problem solving through programs like VITA (volunteer income tax assistance) or the LEAP Challenge (an annual accounting college bowl competition each year).
4. What types of departmental clubs and organizations are available for students? What types of activities do they do?
In accounting, we offer two student organizations. Accounting Students Association and Beta Alpha Psi. Accounting Students Association (ASA) is a professional organization designed to enhance the interpersonal skills, leadership abilities, and networking needed to effectively compete in the job market. Activities include speaker meetings, plant tours, community service projects, volleyball and pizza socials with BKD and State Street Bank. Beta Alpha Psi (BAP) is an honorary organization that offers professional meetings where students gain knowledge from practicing accountants and business leaders and also serves the community through projects such as VITA (voluntary income tax assistance) and, most importantly, offers continual opportunities to meet and become acquainted with accounting professionals from major firms who will eventually hire our graduates. There are also college wide business organizations and campus organizations that offer additional opportunities for involvement.
5. How often are professors available outside of class to work with students?
Every professor in accounting offers a minimum of 5 office hours per week. In reality, most professors are available for scheduled or drop in appointments at other times as well. Also, many professors offer email access so that students can have easy access to faculty help even when professors are not on campus or in their offices. Many professors also attend organization meetings such BAP and ASA where students get to know faculty in a more relaxed setting than the classroom environment. A great deal of mentoring takes place at the organization-sponsored events.
6. How do professors involve students in their research?
At the graduate level, graduate assistants are afforded the opportunity to assist with research by doing library searches and assisting with the writing of literature reviews on accounting-related topics. At the undergraduate level exposure to faculty research might include reading faculty papers as part of course assignments. Additionally, students may be given assignments in a faculty's area of research to stimulate discussions and discovery on the topic. Faculty are also available to work as Honor's College and McNair research mentors.
7. What types of facilities are available for students in this department?
The college offers excellent computer labs and business databases on Ward Edwards computers as well as through Central's Kirkpatrick Library. Some examples of databases include Research Insight (Standard and Poor's database), Business Source Premier (full text business periodical articles), and Hoover's International (business directory and research tool).
8. What types of internships are available for students in your department? Are these internships required for graduation? What are some of the companies at which you have students working?
Accounting internships in many different companies, both public and private, are available to almost any accounting student who desires to participate. Internships are not required for graduation, but are highly encouraged. Opportunities include public accounting internships at the Big 4 and other regional firms, with government agencies, private businesses, and even international (European) internship opportunities. Some examples of firms that students are working at are: BKD and Grant Thornton.
9. What is the career placement rate of students who graduate from your department? What is the career outlook for the next 5-10 years?
Demand for accountants is currently quite strong and is expected to continue. Employers value the technical skills possessed by UCM accounting graduates. Our placement rate exceeds 94%. Accounting is consistently listed as one of the top 10 professions for new college graduates due to the predicted growth in the number of jobs requiring an accounting degree.
10. What is your favorite aspect of teaching at UCM?
"The atmosphere of the Harmon College is professional, friendly, and collegial. Interactions with students are numerous, meaningful and valued. It is an awesome place to work." Dr. Jo Koehn
"For me, I most enjoy the constant contact with students that I experience, both in the classroom setting and in my role as a co-sponsor of Beta Alpha Psi." Dr. Janice Klimek