Ball State accounting programs ranked among nation's best

Topic: Miller College of Business

December 31, 2009

Accounting educators across the nation have rewarded Ball State University's Miller College of Business (MCOB) for its academic excellence and preparing top professionals for the field.

The 28th Annual Survey of Accounting Professors by the Public Accounting Report has ranked Ball State's undergraduate accounting program 18th among the nation's midsize colleges and universities. MCOB's graduate program in accounting was ranked 17th.

The annual survey measures professors' perceptions regarding the accounting programs that most consistently turn out students capable of someday attaining partner status. About 1,900 educators participated in the survey.

"This is a testament to the quality of our program that dates back several decades, as we have educated thousands of professionals, many of whom have gone on to become leaders in the field," said Cindy Van Alst, chair of the Department of Accounting. "We have worked continually to improve the quality of instruction students receive in the classroom as well as to emphasize internships and immersive learning opportunities that produce well-rounded professionals."

Each year, about 200 Ball State students declare accounting majors within MCOB. Typically, when they graduate, about 40 percent begin their careers with public accounting firms in Indiana, while another 40 percent accept accounting positions outside public accounting. Many serve as auditors, budget officers, controllers, cost accountants, systems analysts and tax accountants for private businesses and nonprofit organizations, explained Van Alst.

Ball State was the first public institution in Indiana — and one of about 170 in the world — to receive additional special accreditation for its accounting program from the Association to Advance College Schools of Business. Also called AACSB International, the organization is the key professional accrediting body for schools of business.

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