Accounting wins kudo at USF Business school
“By the numbers” carries new meaning with the accounting program at the University of South Florida earning its first ranking and some national prominence in Public Accounting Report’s annual assessment of the country’s top accounting education programs. Making its debut at number 25, USF’s doctoral program was one of five doctoral programs to make the leap from unranked to ranked in the roster published by the independent newsletter of the accounting profession.
The newsletter compiled its rankings by surveying more than 1,500 accounting professors and department heads and chairs who were asked to name PhD programs they had the most regard for in turning out quality accounting professors. Also ranked at the doctoral level was Florida State University, previously unranked, taking No. 23. Among the top 25 graduate programs in accounting: Florida State was No. 19 and University of Florida was No. 21. At the undergraduate level: University of Florida (No. 21) and Florida State (No. 24).
Here's are some comments from Stephanie Bryant (see photo above), director of the School of Accountancy at USF’s College of Business. “What makes the findings particularly gratifying is that the respondents were 1,557 accounting professors — our peers,” she said. “They recognize that many of tomorrow’s finest professors are coming from the University of South Florida.”
Dean of the College of Business Robert Forsythe (see photo) said the ranking is yet another testament to the high quality of education that the college produces. For the past two years, the Center for Entrepreneurship’s graduate program was also nationally ranked in the top 10.
“The ranking of the accountancy doctoral program by this significant publication adds to our list of national achievements,” Forsythe said. “Thanks to our hard-working faculty and staff, we are able to continue to offer students top-notch programs."
(Photo of Bryant courtesy of USF. Photo of Forsythe by Melissa Lyttle of the St. Petersburg Times.)
-- Robert Trigaux, Times Business Columnist