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Contact: Joe King, NIU Office of Public Affairs
(815) 753-4299

November 26, 2008

Accountancy among best in nation again

DeKalb, Ill. ó Professors across the nation have once again rated Northern Illinois Universityís accountancy program among the elite in the nation.

The Public Accounting Reportís 27th Annual Professorís Survey ranked NIUís program 13th in the United States. Inclusion in the rankings places NIU in some highly regarded company, including six Big Ten schools (including Illinois) and Notre Dame.

The NIU program was the highest ranked non-Ph.D. granting public university program in the country.

The recently released survey asked accountancy professors what 10 programs they would recommend to students interested in entering the field. NIUís accountancy programs have been a fixture in the survey almost since their inception.

ďWe are very proud to once again find ourselves in the upper echelon of programs on this list,Ē said Jim Young, chair of the NIU Department of Accountancy.

ďThe goal of this program has always been, and continues to be, sustained excellence, so it is very satisfying to be included on this list year after year,Ē Young said. ďThese rankings reflect the outstanding faculty, staff and students that we have at NIU. We are honored to carry on the tradition of excellence established by our colleagues over the past 35 years.Ē

Bolstering the programís reputation, Young said, is that it has evolved and grown in recent years.

Over the last decade, the department has added a masterís of science in taxation and new programs to assist students preparing for CIA (Certified Internal Auditor) and CMA (Certified Management Accountant) exams. The departmentís masterís of accounting science program has tripled in size during that time.

The NIU Department of Accountancy graduates approximately 200 undergraduates a year and 150 masterís students. The program is currently ranked 23rd in the nation by U.S. News and World Report.

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