Title

Accounting Certificate Programs: Serving the Needs of Students While Benefiting Your University and Accounting Department

SMC Author

Catherine Finger

SMC Affiliated Work

1

Status

Faculty

School

School of Economics and Business Administration

Department

Accounting

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2009

Publication Title

Advances in Accounting Education

Editor

Bill N. Schwartz, Anthony H. Catanach

Publisher/Venue

Emerald Group Publishing Limited

Description/Abstract

The supply of accounting majors has not kept pace with the increasing demand for accounting graduates. One way of increasing the number of qualified accountants, while maintaining desired quality, is through a non-degree program such as the Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Accountancy. A certificate program addresses the needs of students who already have a bachelor's degree in another discipline and want to gain accounting knowledge. The purpose of this chapter is to assist accounting administrators and faculty in deciding whether a similar program would be feasible and beneficial for their school. We describe the benefits of a certificate program, which include the potential for increased enrollments and an enhanced learning environment. We discuss design alternatives and implementation issues in terms of our program and other certificate programs in the United States. We also discuss the needs and characteristics of certificate students currently enrolled in our program.

Scholarly

yes

ISBN

978-1-84855-882-3

Volume

10

First Page

131

Last Page

149

Disciplines

Accounting | Business | Economics

Original Citation

Finger-Podolsky, C. (2009). Accounting Certificate Programs: Serving the Needs of Students While Benefitting Your University and Accounting Department. Advances in Accounting Education

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