Two new initiatives launched in 2014.
The first was CMAP, which is aimed at
recruiting and reaching out to rising high
school seniors with diverse backgrounds
who are enrolled in magnet and accelerated
programs. The Culverhouse Majors
Awareness Program, headed by lecturer
Lisa McKinney, is a residential summer
institute for exceptional students who are
typically underrepresented in the ever-growing Culverhouse College of Commerce.
These students include those with
disabilities, different ethnic backgrounds
and different cultures.
The Learning Initiative and Financial
Training also launched in 2014 and is a
community-based program to help the
unemployed and underemployed build
career-worthy skills. The program, with
more than 300 student volunteers, also
focuses on teaching young children that
business school can be fun and cool.
Business students volunteer to teach
everything, from navigating a computer
mouse to building Excel spreadsheets, to
a diverse group of attendees ranging from
elementary school students to 65-year olds.
The College will implement several
new initiatives in 2014–2015, including the
Accounting Pathway Program. Aside from
the résumé project, the College will present
workshops in which faculty, accounting-firm
representatives and graduate students will
assist accounting students with “soft skills,”
including presentation skills, interview
skills, workplace and dining etiquette, and
how to dress professionally.
More than 40 employers attended
Culverhouse School of Accountancy’s career
fair in the fall and spring.
Approximately 83 percent of
undergraduate accounting majors in the
2013–2014 academic year found jobs while
99 percent of master’s students started
careers in professional accounting within
three months of graduating. Both doctoral
graduates had academic positions before
graduating in August 2013.
The AICPA supports doctoral students
through the Accounting Doctoral Scholars
Program. The program was established
by 67 of the largest accounting firms to
increase the supply of accounting students.
The school admitted one ADS doctoral
student in 2009, two in 2010, one in 2011
and two in 2012 (the last year in which the
program offered support for new doctoral
students). We currently have three doctoral
students receiving continued support.
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