January 15, 2010

Accounting programs rank among the top 10

Accounting programs among the top 10 in professional newsletter ranking; Accounting faculty also ranked 10th nationally for research productivity


A survey of accounting educators nationwide ranked Fisher’s graduate and undergraduate accounting program ninth in 2009 Public Accounting Report rankings. Additionally, Fisher placed 10th in a separate ranking of research productivity conducted by University of Texas-Dallas.

An independent newsletter of the accounting profession, the publication also added two new doctoral classifications this year. In those categories, the survey asked respondents to rank PhD programs based on their ability to turn out professors strong in teaching and professors strong in research.Fisher’s PhD program ranked 17th for teaching and 18th in research.

The newsletter’s survey was completed by 1,921 accounting educators this year. “The Annual Survey of Accounting Professors school rankings seeks to measure accounting professors’ perceptions regarding the accounting programs they feel most consistently turn out students capable of some day attaining partner status. It is not intended to be scientific,” according to the publication.

“The Public Accounting Report ranking is important because this is an assessment of our peers at other institutions,” said Richard Dietrich, professor and chair of the Department of Accounting and MIS. “We are gratified to know that accounting scholars across the country hold Fisher’s program in high regard.”
The ranking  by University of Texas at Dallas' School of Management was developed from a database that tracks publications in 24 leading business journals.

Between 2007-2009, Fisher’s research ranking in the top three accounting journals, The Accounting Review, Journal of Accounting and Economics, and Journal of Accounting Research was 10th overall and and fourth among public universities. Among all Fisher faculty over a five-year period between 2004-09, the college ranks 32nd for research productivity.

The database contains titles and author affiliations of papers published in these journals since 1990. The information in the database is used to provide the top 100 business school rankings since 1990 based on the total contributions of faculty.