About the Accountancy Department
In support of the mission of the College of Business, the Department of Accountancy at Northern Illinois University strives to enhance the profession of accountancy through quality teaching, research, and professional service. We seek to prepare students for successful business careers through teaching excellence in our undergraduate and graduate programs. We strive to develop both academic and professional research that will improve accounting education and/or facilitate accounting professionals in providing quality services to the business community. We also endeavor to advance the profession by providing service to professional organizations and assistance to firms and business professionals.
Excellence: We strive for excellence in everything we do. We challenge ourselves and each other to produce research relevant to the academy and the profession, ensure that our curricula are rigorous and adaptive to changes in the profession, and show uncompromising dedication to those we serve - especially, our students. Our excellence stems from a great sense of pride in who we are and what we believe in.
Professionalism: We are committed to the accounting profession and developing its future leaders.
Integrity: We hold ourselves to the highest ethical standards in an environment that includes honesty, sincerity, respect, and trust. We believe integrity is an essential trait for truly successful professional and personal lives.
Community: We foster an environment that is collegial, respectful, trusting, and diverse. Within that environment, we work to balance our teaching and research, encourage and nurture the development of our students, and foster collaborative professional relationships with our alumni and friends.
Based on our Mission, the following strategic initiatives have been set for the Department over the next two to four years:
Faculty Development and Retention
Department and Program Development
Learning goals are broad statements that describe what we want our graduates to be or have. Learning objectives describe what our graduates will know or be able to do, in more specific, measurable terms. We use a variety of direct assessment measures in our classes to support our assurance of learning effots. Our Assurance of Learning Committee reviews this data annually and reports to both our faculty and our Department Curriculum Committee. Based on their recommendations, changes are made to our curriculum and courses. In the fall 2012, our direct assessment program was identified as an "exemplar" for the University, which noted that is "was systematically implemented and findings were consistently used to improve the attainment of learning outcomes." During our last AACSB accreditation visit, our review team praised the rigor of our assurance of learning program and its indicators demonstrated that students achieved learning outcomes at a high level.
Bachelor of Accountancy Learning Goals & Objectives
The NIU Bachelor of Science in Accountancy program provides essential study in accounting to prepare students at a level appropriate for entrance into the profession or graduate study.
Master of Accounting Science Learning Goals and Objectives
The NIU Master of Accounting Science program provides advanced study in accounting to prepare students for the challenges of the professional practice of accountancy.
Master of Science in Taxation Learning Goals and Objectives
The NIU Master of Science in Taxation program provides advanced study in taxation to prepare students for the challenges of the professional practice of taxation.
Student Honor Pledge
The Student Honor Pledge represents the environment, culture, and expectations of all accountancy majors. The Accountancy Executive Advisory Council and Accountancy Faculty have endorsed this Pledge and our goal is that all accountancy majors will embrace the spirit of the Pledge.
"As students in the Accountancy program at Northern Illinois University, we will uphold and promote the highest level of integrity and professionalism while pursuing academic excellence." learn more...