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Learning Goals

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.

  1. Our graduates will be technically competent accounting professionals.
    Our students will demonstrate an understanding of financial accounting, accounting information systems, cost management, assurance services, and taxation concepts appropriate for entrance into the profession or graduate study.

  2. Our graduates will be effective problem-solvers.
    Our students will:
    • utilize analytic skills to identify accounting problems, generate appropriate solutions, and make informed decisions.
    • apply technology tools to assist with problem solving.
  3. Our graduates will be effective communicators.
    Our students will:
    • communicate in a professional manner.
    • demonstrate effective teamwork skills.
    • exhibit professional business conduct.
  4. Our graduates will be ethical accounting professionals.
    Our students will demonstrate an understanding of relevant professional standards and codes of conduct.



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.

  1. Our graduates will be technically proficient accounting and business professionals.
    Our students will demonstrate a thorough understanding of:
    • technical accounting knowledge appropriate to their chosen programs of study.
    • the integration of accounting and business knowledge in a variety of contexts, including financial statement analysis and business valuation.
  2. Our graduates will be prepared to assume leadership roles as accounting professionals.
    Our students will demonstrate:
    • an understanding of leadership development theory.
    • the ability to solve problems in an environment of uncertainty or ambiguity.
    • an understanding of how to solve problems with a leadership perspective.
    • effective team management skills.
  3. Our graduates will be effective researchers.
    Our students will conduct research to develop effective solutions to accounting and business problems, relying on appropriate technology tools, authoritative pronouncements, and data sources.

  4. Our graduates will be effective communicators.
    Our students will:
    • communicate in a professional manner.
    • demonstrate effective feedback skills.
    • demonstrate effective facilitation skills.
    • exhibit professional business conduct.
  5. Our graduates will be ethical accounting professionals.
    Our students will identify ethical issues, decision alternatives, consequences, and workable alternative solutions by applying relevant professional standards and codes of conduct.



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.

  1. Our graduates will be technically proficient tax professionals.
    Our students will apply knowledge of primary tax authority with respect to:
    • the federal income taxation of corporations, partnerships, and property transactions.
    • the federal estate and gift taxes.
    • other specialized areas of taxation that complement each student's career.
  2. Our graduates will be effective tax researchers.
    Our students will conduct research to develop effective solutions to tax questions, using appropriate technology tools and relying on appropriate primary authority.

  3. Our graduates will be effective communicators.
    Our students will:
    • communicate tax solutions and/or recommendations in a professional manner.
    • prepare tax returns and other filings in an appropriate manner.
  4. Our graduates will be ethical tax professionals.
    Our students will demonstrate an understanding of and an ability to apply professional standards and codes of conduct relevant to the practice of tax.