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BYU ACCOUNTING PROGRAMS AGAIN RANK 3RD IN NATION

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For the second consecutive year, Brigham Young University's graduate and undergraduate accounting programs have been ranked third in the nation, outstripping prestigious accounting programs from the University of Southern California and the University of Michigan.

The poll was conducted among accounting department chairs across the country and published recently in Public Accounting Report."Across the board, professors' ratings have been so consistent in recent years as to clearly delineate an academic elite of accounting schools," according to a recent article in the Public Accounting Report.

As one of those top-five schools, BYU attributes its excellence to outstanding curriculum, faculty and students, said Steve Albrecht, director of the School of Accountancy and Information Systems.

The high ranking of BYU's graduate accounting program is particularly impressive because those polled could only have graduated from doctorate programs at other institutions, Albrecht said.

"Recruiters who have come to BYU have told us that the curriculum here integrates the technological, analytical and communications skills, along with leadership attributes, better than any accounting curriculum in the United States," said Albrecht, who was recently elected president of the American Accounting Association.