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A nationwide survey of accounting professors has ranked the undergraduate and graduate programs of Brigham Young University's School of Accountancy among the top 10 in the nation.

The 11th Annual Professors Survey, reported in the Aug. 31 issue of Public Accounting Report, was administered by Stafford Publications Inc.The survey, taken from selections made by chairs and professors of the nation's accounting schools, recognized BYU as having the fourth best undergraduate program and the seventh best graduate program in the country. The graduate program moved up from eighth in last year's survey.

BYU's recognition has increased for several reasons, said W. Steve Albrecht, director of the BYU School of Accountancy.

"We have outstanding students, and with the increasing difficulty of entering BYU, students continue to get better," he said. Of the 240 students accepted to the accounting program this past year, the average grade point average was 3.56.

Albrecht also gave credit to the program's dedicated and well-recognized faculty. The school has recruited new professors, which strengthens the team effort.

Another reason for BYU's high ranking is the recognition it has received as one of 10 schools in the nation to be given a $250,000 grant from the Accounting Education Change Commission. The grant was awarded to stimulate innovative changes in accounting instruction and develop the accounting curriculum for the 21st century, said Albrecht.

"The graduate ranking is especially impressive because we are the only school in the top 20 that does not have a Ph.D. program," said Albrecht.

BYU is also recognized as one of the top 10 recruiting schools for all the major accounting firms.

Only BYU and four other schools made the top 10 list for both undergraduate and graduate programs. Among the other schools recognized were the University of Texas, the University of Southern California, Michigan, and Pennsylvania (Wharton).