Students are encouraged to get involved with faculty research. In the case of Make Saccento '16, that involvement led all the way to publication. During his senior year, MIke worked with Marie Bouin, Assistant Professor of Accounting, on a study that examines internal control deficiencies in New York school districts and looks into common issues that auditors might face. The aim of the work was to help auditors to identify fraud risks at the school districts they audit.
The two presented their initial findings at the American Accounting Association Annual Conference. The culminating article, The article, "Internal Control Deficiencies in Local Government: Evidence from School Districts," was recently published in The CPA Journal, The New York State Society of CPA’s flagship publication.
The project is a perfect demonstration of the School of Business's commitment to faculty impact, a hallmark of AACSB accreditation. In addition to providing students with access to career-relevant research, the project has real-world use for accounting practitioners.
Saccento now works as an audit associate at PricewaterhouseCoopers in New Jersey.