USF's School of Accountancy Ranks Among Nation's Best

TAMPA, Fla. (Dec. 1, 2008) - The University of South Florida's School of Accountancy has landed its first ranking in Public Accounting Report’s annual assessment of the nation’s top accounting education programs. Making its debut at number 25, USF’s Business Administration doctoral program, with an emphasis in Accounting, 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.


Public Accounting Report 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, said Stephanie Bryant, director of the School of Accountancy at USF’s College of Business.


Noting that Bay Area business leaders and hiring managers have long recognized that the most sought-after accounting new hires come from USF, Bryant said this ranking is special because it demonstrates USF’s increasing national prominence. “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 USF College of Business Robert Forsythe said the ranking is yet another testament to the high quality of education 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 (emphasis in the Business Administration) 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.”


The University of South Florida is one of the nation's top 63 public research universities and one of 39 community engaged four-year public universities as designated by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. USF was awarded more than $360 million in research contracts and grants in FY 2007/2008. The University offers 219 degree programs at the undergraduate, graduate, specialist and doctoral levels, including the doctor of medicine. The University has a $1.8 billion annual budget, an annual economic impact of $3.2 billion, and serves more than 46,000 students on campuses in Tampa, St. Petersburg, Sarasota-Manatee and Lakeland. USF is a member of the Big East Athletic Conference.


USF’s College of Business and School of Accountancy are dually accredited by AACSB International. In addition to providing one of the nation’s top accounting programs, the College of Business offers six master’s degree programs, including a part-time and weekend Executive MBA program. 


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