The University of Arizona’s Eller College of Management is working to better emphasize that accounting is both an academic discipline and also a profession by elevating its Department of Accounting to a School of Accountancy.
“This designation supports our growing accounting programs and positions the Eller College to more effectively meet enrollment and professional development demands of accounting students at the undergraduate, graduate and doctoral levels,” says Paulo Goes, dean of Eller College.
This recognition also serves to recognize accounting as a profession with its own body of knowledge, ethical standards and educational requirements.
“Restructuring our Department of Accounting into the School of Accountancy positions the Eller College competitively amongst our peers and also serves as additional credibility and prestige among corporate recruiters,” says Jeff Schatzberg, Lou Myers Professor of Accounting and department chair.
This change puts the Eller College alongside peer institutions, including the University of Southern California, University of Oregon, Arizona State University and Brigham Young University. The change will take effect July 1, 2018.