Ball State accounting program ranked in top 20 nationally

Ball State University's graduate and undergraduate accounting programs have been ranked 17th and 18th respectively in the 28th annual Professor's Survey by the Public Accounting Report.

According to a press release, about 1,900 educators were surveyed to determine these rankings, which measure professors' perceptions regarding the accounting programs that most consistently turn out students capable of attaining partner status.

Each year about 200 students declare accounting majors in the Miller College of Business, and upon graduation about 40 percent begin careers with public accounting firms in Indiana. Another 40 percent take accounting positions outside public accounting, according to the press release.

Cindy Van Alst, chair of the Department of Accounting, said in the press release that this recognition is a testament to the quality of the program and the professionals who have become leaders in the field. She said the department continually improves the quality of instruction by emphasizing internships and immersive learning opportunities.

Ball State was the first public institution in Indiana to receive additional special accreditation for its accounting program from the Association to Advance College Schools of Business. According to the Ball State Web site, this endorsement reflects the university's high standards of excellence. About 170 institutions now have this accreditation.