Regents approve accounting degree
At its February meeting, the University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents approved a bachelor of science degree in accounting for the University of Wisconsin-Parkside. UW-Parkside currently offers accounting as a concentration to a business management degree, and will begin offering the major in fall 2013.
Noting that the UW-Parkside accounting program earned accreditation from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB-International), Interim Associate Dean Dr. Michele Gee said the program was already an area of strength for the university.
"Our accounting program has been structured equivalent to a major for many years," Gee said. "Given the high quality of our program, having an accounting major officially makes its equivalence to many other AACSB-accredited universities more visible and easily recognizable."Due to enrollment growth and what she called "significant student demand," Gee said the Business Department will look to hire an additional faculty member into the accounting major. She also noted that student demand corresponds with demand for UW-Parkside graduates by employers.
"Accounting is one of the growing areas of opportunity for college grads, and graduates in business-related degrees as a whole is an identified skills-gap in our region," Gee said.
Business is the largest major on campus with more than 1,000 students enrolled in business courses. Traditionally, a high percentage of graduates from UW-Parkside stay in southeastern Wisconsin and northeastern Illinois. Gee said that, historically, UW-Parkside students have been well prepared to take the certified public accountant (CPA) exam.
The Regents completed two days of meeting in Madison Friday, Feb. 8.