“Our new name is a Regents-approved designation that affirms the exceptional quality and professional focus of our accounting programs here at UNO,” said Susan Eldridge, Ph.D., who will serve as the school’s director.
UNO’s accounting programs have been recognized for their exceptional academic quality and rigor through accreditation by the AACSB. UNO’s College of Business Administration is one of fewer than 190 institutions worldwide to hold specialized accreditations in both business and accounting. UNO is also the only university in Nebraska to earn an endorsement from the Institute of Management Accountants for its BSBA accounting concentration and Master of Accounting degree programs.
Establishing the School of Accounting draws on that reputation and positions UNO’s accounting programs to meet the rising demand for accountants and auditors. The number of positions in accountancy is expected to rise 10 percent between 2016 and 2026, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
“Becoming the School of Accounting puts us on the map from a professional standpoint,” said Doug Ewald, vice chancellor for Business, Finance, and Business Development. “It’s a higher level of designation. It serves notice to current and prospective students as well as our business community that we’re the real deal at UNO.”
This is also a testament to the quality of instructors within the College of Business Administration. Ranjina Rai, student in UNO’s Master of Accounting program, has been particularly impressed by the real-world expertise of her professors. “They’re always willing to share what they experienced with us so that, as we go into the professional field, we know what we are getting into.”
The school will be home to UNO’s undergraduate accounting concentration courses as well as the Master of Accounting graduate degree program. It will be housed within Mammel Hall but will later relocate to a new addition of the building once construction is complete in April 2021.