BS Accounting News

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  • Marriott School Named “Most Family-Friendly” by The Princeton Review Wednesday Nov 02 2005

    The 2006 edition of The Princeton Review’s “Best 237 Business Schools” named BYU’s Marriott School the nation’s “Most Family-Friendly” business school. “This should come as no surprise,” says Jim Stice, MBA director. “Since our goals and objectives of the MBA program are aligned with those of the Church, it is our responsibility and commitment to be family-friendly.” The “Most Family-Friendly” ranking is based on a student assessment of: how happy married students are, how helpful the school is to students with children and how much the school does for the spouses of students.

  • Corporate philanthropy adds to shareholder wealth, says BYU study Good deeds act as ‘insurance policy’ against misfortune, scandal and negative headlines Friday Oct 28 2005

    Google’s announcement last week that it has earmarked $265 million of the money raised in its public stock offering for charity resurrects a long-standing debate over whether or not companies should be involved in philanthropic efforts. And although detractors contend that money spent on charity should go back into shareholders’ pockets, a new study in the “Academy of Management Review” by a Brigham Young University business professor argues that a track record of corporate giving protects a company much like an insurance policy, adding to overall value and shielding shareholders’ investment in the event of misfortune.

  • eBusiness Web Site and Strategic Plan Competition Announced Thursday Oct 13 2005

    The Marriott School Web Analytics Competition, hosted by the Rollins Center for eBusiness, is looking for an innovative student team. Past eBusiness competitions have challenged student teams to design Web sites or come up with creative solutions to improve existing sites. This semester the eBusiness Center has teamed with Omniture to present a new competition allowing anyone with critical thinking skills to compete.

  • Student Entrepreneur of the Year Competition Announced Monday Sep 26 2005

    Securing thousands of dollars in capital for a new business and preparing a term paper for an English 315 class is multitasking on another level. For those over achievers who juggle starting a business venture while in college, the Center for Entrepreneurship has a proposition for you. BYU’s 14th annual Student Entrepreneur of the Year competition will offer winners more than $40,000 in cash and in-kind services from supporters of the Center for Entrepreneurship. Winners walk away with capital and resources to start their businesses.

  • BYU MBA in Wall Street Journal Top 10 for Second Consecutive Year School Ranks Second as Place to Hire Ethical Graduates Wednesday Sep 21 2005

    The Wall Street Journal has for the second consecutive year placed the Marriott School’s MBA program in the top ten among smaller (regional) programs worldwide. The school ranked sixth in 2005 and was fifth in 2004. BYU moved up among schools listed for excellence in accountancy to fourth and retained its second place standing, behind Yale, as the best place to hire graduates with high ethical standards.

  • Rubber Hits the Road for BYU Accounting Students Wednesday Sep 07 2005

    Ladies and gentlemen, start your engines. Roughly 250 Marriott School accounting students are about to participate in the campus’ first Pit Crew Challenge, sponsored by PricewaterhouseCoopers. The team-building event will take place Thursday and Friday in the Marriott Center parking lot, and Saturday in the Wilkinson Student Center parking lot south of the law school.

  • BYU ranks 71st in new U.S.News & World Report survey Tuesday Aug 23 2005

    Brigham Young University is ranked 71st in U.S.News & World Report's annual survey, "America's Best Colleges," with the Marriott School's undergraduate program ranked among the top 50 in "Best Business Programs," coming in at 35th. The Aug. 29 issue of U.S.News & World Report, which hits newsstands Monday, ranks about 1,400 four-year accredited colleges and universities by mission and region.

  • CEOs Nominate BYU as Top Recruiting School Thursday Aug 18 2005

    The Marriott School has caught the eye of CEOs according to a new poll by Chief Executive magazine. The survey, released in the publication’s July 2005 issue, asked magazine subscribers to name their top 10 business school programs from BusinessWeek’s top 25 b-schools. However, the 477 respondents didn’t limit views to the likes of Wharton, Sloan and Columbia. They also nominated BYU along with a few other business programs.

  • School of Accountancy and Information Systems Separate Friday Aug 12 2005

    The Marriott School announces the division of the School of Accountancy and Information Systems into two parts: the School of Accountancy and the Information Systems Department. The change resulted from numerous discussions among BYU faculty and administration. The School of Accountancy started in 1976 when it was first named the Institute of Professional Accountancy.

  • Marriott School Announces 2005 Merrill J. Bateman Award Winners Monday May 02 2005

    Students at Brigham Young University’s Marriott School of Management selected two of their classmates and a professor to receive the 2005 Merrill J. Bateman Awards – the only school-wide awards selected entirely by students. Julie Dougall, a Masters of Accountancy student, and Brian Crapo, an undergraduate business management student, received the Merrill J. Bateman Outstanding Student Awards.

  • Accounting Professor to Help SEC Develop Guidance for Small Businesses Wednesday Feb 09 2005

    Help is on the way for small businesses struggling to meet stringent requirements initiated by the Sarbanes-Oxley Act. The Committee of Sponsoring Organizations — at the request of the Securities and Exchange Commission — launched a project this month to help small businesses comply with financial reporting regulations.

  • Associate Dean Accepts Top Accounting Award and National Appointment Friday Jan 21 2005

    The auditing section of the American Accounting Association named Associate Dean W. Steve Albrecht Outstanding Auditing Educator for 2005. He was selected from auditing professors across the country for the prestigious award. “The [selection] committee was particularly impressed with the way Professor Albrecht’s research on fraud detection and prevention has been incorporated into his teaching,” says Linda McDaniel, president of the American Accounting Association auditing section.

  • Marriott School Students Take Top Honors in National Tax Competition Monday Dec 13 2004

    A Marriott School graduate team recently placed first and an undergraduate team placed second at the national 2004 Deloitte Tax Case Study Competition. The graduate team edged out other top accounting schools including the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and Utah State University. For the eighth time in the thirteen-year history of the competition, both Marriott School teams placed among the top three in the graduate and undergraduate division — an unparalleled accomplishment. The winning graduate team this year consists of the same team members who won first place as undergraduates last year.

  • Wall Street Journal Ranks BYU MBA Fifth Wednesday Sep 22 2004

    Brigham Young University’s Master of Business Administration program ranked fifth among regional schools in The Wall Street Journal’s 2004 ranking of top business programs. BYU ranked second in the ethical standards category, “best for hiring graduates with high ethical standards,” and fifth worldwide for its excellence in accounting.

  • BYU Student Earns #1 Student Score on the CIA Exam Wednesday Aug 25 2004

    This December, John Montgomery will graduate from BYU with not only a master in accountancy on his resume but also the highest student score on the Certified Internal Auditor’s exam. Montgomery received the highest score worldwide out of students sitting for the May 2004 exam. Only 18 percent of the 9,400 professionals and students who sat in the twice yearly exam in May passed.

  • Accounting Specialty Jumps in 2005 U.S. News Ranking Monday Aug 23 2004

    Brigham Young University’s undergraduate accounting specialty ranked 6th in U.S. News & World Report's annual survey, "America's Best Colleges." The undergraduate management program placed 38th among "Best Business Programs." Both are housed in the Marriott School of Management. The school’s accounting program rose 10 spots in this year’s business specialties.

  • Blind Student to Address Graduates at Marriott School Convocation Wednesday Aug 11 2004

    Instead of having his speech outline scribbled on a 3x5 card, Adam Rushforth will run his fingers over a Braille outline as he addresses students at Friday’s Marriott School convocation. Rushforth, who graduates with a business finance bachelor’s degree, has coloboma, an iris defect, which began deteriorating his vision when he was young.

  • BYU Accounting Student Receives International Scholarship in Australia Tuesday Jun 29 2004

    Brigham Young University student David A. Wood has been selected by The Institute of Internal Auditors Research Foundation as the recipient of the 2004 Esther R. Sawyer Scholarship Award. Wood was presented with a plaque and $5,000 during the 2004 International Conference, June 21-24, in Sydney, Australia, for his research and paper that examines how internal auditors can add value by coordinating with external auditors.

  • BYU fraud expert dissects causes of Enron, WorldCom scandals 9 abuses conspired to create "perfect fraud storm" Friday Jun 04 2004

    As corporate scandals like Enron and WorldCom continue to shake out in the courtroom, many investors are still waiting for an acceptable explanation of how it all happened and how similar abuses can be avoided. Noted Brigham Young University fraud expert W. Steve Albrecht has identified nine abuses that converged to create what he calls the "perfect fraud storm," in which CEOs and other high-ranking corporate officers perpetrated the largest financial frauds in history.

  • Marriott School Students Take Top Honors in National Accounting Competition Thursday May 13 2004

    A team of Marriott School accounting students earned first-place at the National Student Case Study Seminar sponsored by the Deloitte Foundation -- beating out other top accounting schools including University of Southern California, University of Notre Dame and Indiana University. T. Jeffrey Wilks, assistant professor of accounting, advised the team comprised of Arturo Alfaro, from Caracas, Venezuela; Craig Hoover, from Woodinville, Wash.; Matt Jones, from Norfolk, England; Danny Kofoed, from Salt Lake City; John Montgomery, from Miami; and Hsin-Yo Wang, from Tainan, Taiwan.

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