The Accountancy Department’s mission is to provide a superior learning environment; to promote academic and professional achievement; to pursue innovation through research; and to enhance through service activities our school, our university, and our global community. Our accounting degree programs are fully accredited by the Association for the Advancement of Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB).
In 2010, Weatherhead’s undergraduate accountancy program was ranked #15 in the nation by BusinessWeek. Great traditions—the Accountancy Department was established in 1928—and great rankings have helped attract top students to form a premier cohort of accounting majors and Master of Accountancy (MAcc) students. Our program offers options to prepare graduates for career success in public or corporate accounting, taxation, financial analysis, management, and consulting. Our faculty provide a collaborative learning environment that fosters an appreciation of accountancy’s vital role in a world characterized by continuous change.
Departmental research interests include the effect of corporate reporting on capital markets, the development of accounting thought, critical and behavioral studies, public policy (including standard setting), accounting education, internal control structures, auditing and corporate governance, and Extensible Business Reporting Language (XBRL). The scholarship of two of our well-known and respected faculty members was recognized in a 2009 Social Science Research Network (SSRN) study, which identified the 100 most prolific authors in 30 core accounting journals. Our faculty write for educators and academics as well as for practitioners, influence the process of standard setting for the profession, and lead in the development of policy and application across a breadth of issues. They deliver and attend workshops and lectures by fellow faculty, visiting scholars, and prominent practitioners in the field, and have experience as editors for a variety of journals, publications, and series; the refereed journal Research in Accounting Regulation is edited by faculty in the Accountancy Department.
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