Accounting professorship crucial to hiring quality faculty members.
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At UW-Whitewater, "Embrace our Future: A Campaign for Students" is helping to fund professorships to attract and retain high quality faculty members.
One of these efforts, in the College of Business and Economics, has secured $600,000 toward an endowed accounting professorship.
"We have a long history of excellence in accounting. It's been one of our strongest programs for many years," said Christine Clements, dean.
Student success has been consistently proven through high pass rates on the Uniform CPA Examination, the only licensed qualification in accounting. All individuals seeking to become Certified Public Accountants (CPA) are required to pass it.
In 2011, UW-Whitewater students taking the CPA exam for the first time earned a 58.7 percent pass rate, compared to 49.8 percent for all candidates nationwide. In addition, UW-Whitewater's scores for first-timers were higher than other regional Wisconsin universities.
"Despite campus achievements in accounting, there's no area where it's harder to hire faculty," Clements said. "The job market is extremely competitive. Having extra resources ensures that we'll be able to find excellent candidates who not only maintain the high quality of education here, but also move accounting into the future."
It means students are more likely to get jobs after graduation, too.
"We hire people with extensive professional networks, so graduates have avenues to the best possible positions," Clements said. "The work we do has a significant impact on the accounting profession."