BU Accounting Grads Excel Nationally And Statewide

Aug. 23, 2001

by Alan Hunt

Baylor University accounting graduates ranked high both nationally and statewide on the November 2000 CPA (certified public accountant) examination. Graduates are required to pass the examination before they enter practice as certified public accountants.

According to figures released earlier this year, Baylor's performance topped the state of Texas among all first-time candidates from 19 institutions in the Lone Star State who took the November 2000 CPA exam in Texas. Now, says accounting professor Dr. Elizabeth Davis, results just released show Baylor also ranked 10th nationwide among institutions with 10 or more first-time candidates with advanced degrees who took the exam. To be eligible for national ranking, an institution must have at least 20 exam candidates without advanced degrees or 10 exam candidates with advanced degrees. Baylor's pass rate was 39.1 percent. The national pass rate average was 15.5 percent for all first-time candidates.

Davis, who is acting chair of the accounting and business law department, praised the dedication of Baylor's accounting faculty and the abilities of its students. "These results speak well of the capabilities and perseverance of our students," she said. "Our goal," she added, "is to equip our students with knowledge to prepare them for successful business careers and a future of lifelong learning, not to necessarily pass the exam on their first attempt. We are very proud of what our students achieve, and these rankings are just icing on the cake."

For more information, call Davis at (254) 710-4772.

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