rank high in 2013 CPA exam passage rate
University’s John L. Grove College of Business ranked in the top 40 nationally
among mid-sized programs last year in the success rate of its graduates taking
the certified public accountant exam, according to a recent report.
by the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) showed that
SU ranked 37th out of 261 schools whose graduates passed the national CPA exam
on their first try.
includes Shippensburg in its medium-sized schools category, which encompasses
programs that have between 21 and 60 graduates taking all or some of the
four-part exam. Only one other Pennsylvania school had a higher percentage than the
66.7 percent of SU grads who passed the exam on their first attempt, and Shippensburg
was the only university in Pennsylvania's State System of Higher Education with a
nationally accredited business college that made last year’s rankings. Grove
College is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of
very pleased by these results. It’s a real credit to our accounting faculty and
our program,” said Dr. John Kooti, dean of the Grove College of Business. "Our
curriculum is designed to prepare our students well for the exam.
Our accreditation is why we have such a curriculum in place. Faculty work with the students to give them the experience necessary to do
well, and we have a strong group of alumni who help each other; they provide
additional support to the candidates who are taking the exam.”
According to Dr. Jay Mackie, department chair, “We are very pleased
with the results of the NASBA rankings for the CPA exam. It reflects well on
both the quality of our students and the quality of the faculty in the department.
We have a very talented group of accounting majors who are pursuing careers in
public accounting and are very motivated to succeed in their chosen profession.
Their success, as shown by the rankings, is great evidence of the quality and
character of our students. As faculty, we strive to educate our students and
prepare all students for their future careers. For those entering public
accounting, these results are very satisfying. These results reflect well on
the quality of our faculty and their teaching abilities. Having taught these
students, I am very well aware of their quality and motivation to succeed and
seeing these results are a confirmation of that quality.”
College has about 315 accounting majors, Kooti said.