From the Department Chair:
This was quite an active year for the Department of Accounting. Following a review and approval by the Professional Accounting Advisory Council, our mission statement was changed to prepare the way for the development of a Master of Accountancy (MAcc) program. The council members provided input regarding skills and competencies deemed important for accounting students entering the profession, and our faculty developed a challenging curriculum. Also in 2010, WKU welcomed Dr. Gordon Emslie as the new Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs. On July 1, 2010, Dr. Emslie's first official act at WKU was to sign the accounting program's application for AACSB maintenance review. His next act, unofficial, was to introduce me to the concept of a 3 + 2 accounting program. Dr. Emslie, former Dean of the Graduate School at Oklahoma State University, brought with him an agreement between the accounting department and graduate studies allowing accounting majors to pursue both an undergraduate and graduate degree concurrently. Under a 3 + 2 program, qualified students can earn 150 hours for the CPA exam and graduate with both an undergraduate degree and a Master of Accountancy.
In the fall of 2010, the department co-hosted with the KyCPA an "Accounting Careers Day" program. Grise Hall was home for-a-day to almost 200 high school students and their instructors. In addition, our Beta Alpha Psi chapter earned "superior" status for another consecutive year and our "Meet the Firms" night was extremely successful. The accounting department recognized John Grider ('61) as the outstanding accounting alumnus and Donovan Schultz ('01) as the outstanding recent alumnus for 2010. Our own Dr. Mark Ross was named the BGS Outstanding Professor and Dr. Harold Little, the MBA Outstanding Professor. The Scholar for the Gordon Ford College of Business was Shannon Smith, an accounting major, and our accounting graduates continue to have one of the highest CPA exam passage rates in the region. 2010 was definitely an active and successful year. Success requires great support, and our accounting alumni and friends provided this with their contributions, employment of our graduates, internship opportunities, input on new program development, and friendship. On behalf of our students, faculty, and staff, I express a sincere "Thank you!" for your continued support.