SU grads rank 18th nationally in 2014 CPA exam passage rate
Shippensburg University’s John
L. Grove College of Business ranked in the top 20 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.
The report by the National
Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) showed that SU ranked 18th
out of 265 schools whose graduates passed the national CPA exam on their first
In 2013, SU was tied for 37th.
NASBA 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. No other
Pennsylvania school in that category had a higher percentage than the 69.5
percent of SU grads who passed the exam on their first attempt.
“We are 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. Faculty work with the
students to give them the experience necessary to do well, and we have a strong
group of alumni who provide additional support to the candidates taking the
“These results reflect well on
both the quality of our students and the quality of the faculty in the
department,” agreed Dr. Jay Mackie, chair of the Department of Accounting and
Management Information Systems. “We have a very talented group of accounting
majors who are pursuing careers in public accounting. Having taught these
students, I am very well aware of their quality and motivation to succeed, and
seeing these results is a confirmation of that quality.”
Grove College has about 315
accounting majors, Kooti said.