Ithaca Accounting Students Tackle CPA Exams and Come Out StrongIthaca Accounting Students Tackle CPA Exams and Come Out Strong
The accounting department provides students with the right tools to succeed, especially for the M.B.A. program in professional accountancy.

Students at the Ithaca College School of Business who are part of the five-year accounting program enjoy a high pass success rate on the CPA exam and have the dedicated professors of the accounting department to thank.

Joanne Burress, accounting professor and coordinator of the M.B.A. program in professional accountancy, said the small class sizes and structured internship programs contribute to students' success on the exams and in the workforce.

"Students get to know and work closely with the faculty," Burress said. "Our undergraduate program includes a practicum which allows students to utilize and improve their client interviewing skills and decision making by preparing annual tax returns for individuals."

As part of the accounting program, chaired by associate professor Warren Schlesinger, students are required to clock 150 hours of education before completing the exam, Burress said. This program, which is registered with the New York State Education Department, takes approximately 10 months to complete and was designed for undergraduate students. Since the standards in New York are set relatively high, the certificate is accepted in 44 of 50 states, allowing students to enjoy diverse career opportunities.

"Students will have an opportunity to gain valuable 'real world' experience," Burress said. "Advanced accounting courses help prepare the student for the CPA exam. The combination of accounting and business courses and experience provide students with a strong practical and theoretical foundation."

In addition to Schlesinger and Burress, associate professor Alan Cohen, associate professor Patricia Libby, associate professor Jeff Lippitt, associate professor Eric Lewis, and assistant professor Margret Shackell-Dowell also contribute to the extensive success of the program and its students.


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