The Department of Accounting at Kent State University is dedicated to providing an innovative learning environment in undergraduate, masters, and doctoral programs that enable our students to achieve their personal and professional potential. The Department is committed to pursuing high quality research that culminates in the production of intellectual contributions that impact the knowledge, education, and practice of accounting. The Department is actively engaged with its stakeholders, including our College, University, and professional communities, both domestic and internationally, through various activities.
Mission and Objectives
The specific objectives of our accounting programs vary by degree level. The objectives of each program follow.
i. Bachelor’s degree program objectives
- provide students with a general knowledge of accounting
- provide students with a fundamental ethical framework
- provide a knowledge base to prepare students for further study in accounting at the graduate level
- prepare students for careers in accounting that require only an undergraduate degree
- provide students with knowledge base for professional accounting certification exams
ii. Masters degree program objectives
- provide students with more specific knowledge about one or more specialty areas in accounting
- provide students with a strong background in professional ethics
- provide students with a knowledge base for the Certified Public Accountant exam
- provide a foundation that supports the pursuit of a doctoral degree in accounting
iii. Doctoral program objectives
- provide students with a background in research ethics
- provide high quality education preparing students to perform high quality academic research and effective teaching as faculty members in colleges and universities
- encourage placement of students at universities offering doctoral and/or masters level accounting programs
The Department of Accounting will periodically measure and record progress toward the goals and objectives enumerated above by using the following data and other information.
- Number of students pursuing the accounting major in relation to other majors within the College of Business Administration over a 5 year period.
- Academic standing of entering majors as measured by GPA in relation to other majors in the College over a 5 year period.
- Number of graduating students in relation to both total majors in accounting and to other departments and majors.
- Academic performance of graduates as measured by GPA and in relation to other majors in the College.
- Performance of accounting majors on College outcomes assessment instruments.
- Job placement based on data gathered periodically by Career Planning and Placement Services, as well as qualitative assessments gathered from students, alumni, and members of the Accounting Advisory Council.
- Performance of accounting students on professional certification examinations, including the CPA exam.
- Placement of doctoral students
- Placement of students on accounting internships, and systematic feedback from students and employers.
- Faculty performance in instruction as measured by student evaluation instruments, course syllabi, documented innovations in teaching, and other materials assembled in faculty merit files or annual submissions for faculty workload assignments.
- Faculty performance in research as measured by both the quality and quantity of published papers, presentations at academic and professional conferences, and other materials assembled in faculty merit files or annual submissions for faculty workload assignments.
- Faculty service to the University and professional communities as documented in faculty merit files or annual submissions for faculty workload assignments.