Mission Statement

To prepare students for careers in accounting and to make them ready to deal effectively with problems they will face as professional accountants and responsible citizens.

Primary Objectives

To provide a means for students to acquire:
the knowledge, proficiency, and intellectual abilities to provide services of the minimum scope and quality which the public needs and has right to expect from an entry-level professional accountant; and
the capacity to grow and develop into a fully qualified professional accountant able to function in a global economy.

The professional accounting program should be broadly conceived. A person does not become a professional simply by acquiring technical skills. A person aspiring to become a professional accountant needs to have broad education in which the study of accounting is integrated with the study of the liberal arts and general business. As in any program, the accounting program cannot by itself complete a person's education and produce at the end of the course someone who can claim to be professional accountant. Rather, upon completion of the accounting program, the graduate should have the foundation for building additional knowledge, and with maturity and experience, for acquiring qualities that enhance professional competence, particularly:
the ability to work effectively, think analytically and objectively, and exercise self-discipline;
the ability to communicate ideas orally and in writing;
an awareness of personal responsibility and need for continuing professional education;
an appreciation of the professional accountant's high standards of integrity and objectivity; and
an awareness of personal responsibility to society as professional accountant and a responsible citizen.

Subsidiary Objectives

Preparing students for the CPA licensure examinations and for employment should judiciously blend with the primary objectives of preparing students for professional accounting careers. Thus, the accounting graduate should be qualified to take and pass the CPA licensure examinations, and to obtain employment as an entry-level professional accountant. With proper orientation and supervision, he should be able to cope with the problems he will face upon employment.