Davenport Offers Honors Accounting

December 1, 2006
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GRAND RAPIDS — Davenport University has launched a new honors accounting program that allows students to earn both bachelor’s and master’s degrees in accounting in five years.

The program also enables students to be eligible to sit for five professional accounting certification exams when they are finished earning the two degrees. The exam requires students to have earned 150 credits, while a bachelor’s degree requires only 120. That usually meant students needed to earn an additional 30 credits outside their program in order to be eligible to take the certification exams.

“This program resolved that issue for these students,” said Kojo Quartey, dean of the Donald W. Maine School of Business. “They get out with two degrees and they can immediately go out and sit for these examinations.”

In addition to the amount of credits earned, students have the opportunity to take ethics classes designed around accounting and the issues that have recently affected national companies such as Enron.

“They’re going through an accounting special ethics course,” Quartey said.

Quartey said the honors program will allow students to follow the innovations and changes in accounting with the help of faculty members who are currently in the field.

“Accounting is one of the hardest fields out there,” he said.

“This is one of those cutting-edge programs that differentiate Davenport from the other universities in the area,” he added.

There are currently 18 students enrolled in the program, with a total of 25 possible. As one student graduates, another can join the program, Quartey said. Students must have completed 90 credit hours and have maintained a certain grade-point average to apply for the program. The honors accounting students will have regular meetings, but are not required to take their courses together.

The first students in the program could graduate as soon as 2008, Quartey said.

Quartey said he believes the program gives the students the best value for their time and money.

“It reduces the number of years a student spends in school and gives them much more,” he said.

Provost Tom Brown said he also believes the program is a good way for students to prepare themselves for a career in accounting.

“This program reflects what Davenport does best — provide students with the latest and best knowledge that prepares them well for success in new and emerging 21st century careers,” he said.

“Students completing this program will fill some of the most highly sought-after positions in the job market today.”

Following in the footsteps of the accounting program, Quartey said the university has a bachelor’s and master’s degree program in human resources planned to begin next year.    

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