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Posted 6.4.08

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June 4, 2008

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Rebecca Murphy
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Marla Komocki
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ACCOUNTING PROGRAM RECOGNIZED AS
AN UNDERGRADUATE LEADER

Case Western Reserve University’s Weatherhead School of Management Accounting program ranks high, enjoys record number of applicants

CLEVELAND – At the Weatherhead School of Management, the Accounting program measures its assets in terms of quality and commitment of its students. This year, their gains are nearing the top of the chart.

Weatherhead’s Accountancy department was recently declared 13th in the nation by Business Week’s “Undergraduate Specialty Program Rankings.” According to the publication, “Specialty rankings can serve as a kind of career guide for business programs.” While some business schools may rank in the top five overall, individual niche departments may serve focused students better elsewhere.

Each year, rankings are based on graduating seniors’ responses to a Business Week survey. Factors contributing to the jump in rank include an increase in student and recruiter appreciation of the Accounting program. Graduates of Weatherhead’s program are highly sought after by public accounting firms, investment banks, and other financial institutions.

Quality of students is another aspect that comes in to play. “The merit of our students continues to improve each year,” said department chair, Larry Parker. “Our small class sizes help students excel and truly experience a one-on-one atmosphere with professors.”

News of the program’s rank has helped Weatherhead attract prospective students—high school seniors seeking admission for fall 2008— and maintain the strength of its current class of declared Accounting majors. Applications from prospective students in Accountancy, Economics, and Management have increased 15 percent at Weatherhead over the last year, with the highest number of declared undergraduate Accounting majors in school history hitting 100 this past month.

Weatherhead’s master’s program is also reaping benefits. The School had its largest number of enrolled Master of Accountancy students—53 total—at the beginning of the 2007-2008 academic year with a projected record number of applications for 2008-2009.

Additional noteworthy Weatherhead rankings from Business Week include Microeconomics (16th), Quantitative Methods (18th), Macroeconomics (29th), and Financial Management (30th).

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