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Master of Accounting (MAcc)

Learning Goals and Objectives

The SOA has identified three main categories for student learning: (1) business and accounting knowledge; (2) professional skills; (3) and values and attitudes. Within each of these three categories, key competencies have been identified and specific learning goals established. MAcc learning objectives can be viewed by clicking on the learning goals listed below.

Assessment Mapping

The School of Accountancy Curriculum Committee and faculty reviewed the coverage of the program learning goals across courses for the accounting programs. Coverage is ranked as high (H), medium (M), or low (L). The result of this ranking is presented in the following table. This analysis forms the basis for embedded assessment deployment. The courses for which a specific learning goal is ranked an "H" are candidates for embedded assessment activities for that learning goal. From this analysis, assessment assignments are made to specific courses for each learning goal. Generally, assessment of each goal occurs twice during each five-year period, however, more frequent assessments are made based upon amendments to the overall assessment plan and modification of learning goals.

Master of Accounting
  L1: Students will demonstrate technical knowledge in the following areas
Course Objective 1 Objective 2 Objective 3 Objective 4 Objective 5 Objective 6 Objective 7 Objective 8
ACCT 6200 H M L M L M L M
ACCT 6250 M M L L L M L M
ACCT 6310 H M H L L L L M
ACCT 6400 M L L L H L H M
ACCT 6410 H M L L H M L M
ACCT 6420 M M L L H M H M
ACCT 6440 M M L L H L H M
ACCT 6510 H H M H L L L H
ACCT 6560 L H M M L L H H
ACCT 6620 L M L H L L L L
ACCT 6700 M M L L L H L M
(H) High focus in this course, (M) medium focus in this course, (L) low focus in this course.

 

Master of Accounting
  L2: Students will demonstrate basic professional skills
in the following areas
L3: Students will demonstrate dedication to the
following professional values and attitudes needed
for success in the accounting profession
Course Objective 1 Objective 2 Objective 3 Objective 4 Objective 5 Objective 1 Objective 2 Objective 3
ACCT 6200 L M L L M L L L
ACCT 6250 H M M H H M M M
ACCT 6310 H H M H M M H L
ACCT 6400 L M H M L M M L
ACCT 6410 H M L M H H H M
ACCT 6420 L M M L M M M M
ACCT 6440 L M M L M M M L
ACCT 6510 H M M H H H H L
ACCT 6560 M L L M M M M L
ACCT 6620 H H M L H L H L
ACCT 6700 M M L M M H H M

(H) High focus in this course, (M) medium focus in this course, (L) low focus in this course.

Outcomes Data

The School of Accountancy utilizes results from multiple surveys and assessments to measure performance. Outcomes from Educational Testing Services, Business Core Class Assessments, student’s CPA Exam Performance, External Course Reviews, and Peer-Teaching Evaluations are all utilized to ascertain the performance of our program.

Additionally, surveys are regularly administered to receive timely feedback from our different customers. Student Course Evaluations, Student Satisfaction Surveys, Alumni Satisfaction Surveys, Employer Satisfaction Surveys, Recruiter Satisfaction Surveys, Peer Focus Groups, and reports from the University Analysis, Assessment and Accreditation Office received by the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business are all utilized as indicators of the School of Accountancy’s performance.

A detailed overview of the assurance of learning plan and results is available at the following visualization links:

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Closing the Loop (Continuous Improvement)

By analyzing the data generated by the assurance of learning (AoL) process, The School of Accountancy has been able to make changes to curricula that have had an impact on student learning. Some of these changes have been large, structural changes such as targeted acquisition of certain faculty or curriculum changes; others have been small--at the individual course or instructor level. A few of the more prominent results include:

  • L1: Students will demonstrate technical knowledge of the following area
    The Certified Public Accounting Exam is an excellent gage of our students demonstrating technical accounting knowledge.  Our student pass rates for first time exam takers have been among the highest in the country.  We have had 3 students receive the prestigious Elijah Watts Sells in the past 4 years
  • L2: Students will demonstrate basic professional skills
    Beginning in 2012 we changed the way we were teaching our financial accounting research course.  We added components for collecting, analyzing, and reporting financial accounting information.  The changes also require more oral and written communication.
  • L3: Students will demonstrate dedication to the following professional values and attitudes needed for success in the accounting profession
    An important part of being an accounting professional is an attitude of continued learning and development of problem solving skills.  In our graduate audit, tax research, and financial research courses we have increased our focus on teaching the students how to solve complex accounting issues through research, analysis, and reporting.  Students are writing research papers and present them in class.