Department of Accounting - School of Business

Mission Statement

The mission of the Accountancy Program in the School of Business at Southern Utah University is to achieve excellence in accounting education through teaching, research, and service. The program endeavors to provide high-quality accounting preparation for professional careers to students, to make intellectual contributions to the field of accounting through the dissemination of research, and to provide service.

The primary mission is to provide high-quality accounting preparation for professional careers in public accounting, industry, and other organizations. The undergraduate program is devoted to providing basic accounting and business knowledge and skills, along with general education, needed for career development. The graduate program provides greater breadth and depth in accounting and other business disciplines to further develop the knowledge and skills to enter professional accountancy and related business careers. The fostering of an active student accounting organization is fundamental to the career development process.

Intellectual contributions to the field of accounting are secondary, but fundamental to the mission of the program. These include the dissemination of the results of accounting and pedagogical research, and the development and use of relevant accounting textbooks, case studies, and other instructional materials. The program seeks to address contemporary problems faced by the accounting profession, accounting education, or management primarily to enrich the educational experience of students in the classroom, and to advance knowledge.

Tertiary, but also fundamental to the mission of the program, is service to the University, the accounting profession, and society in general. Service is provided through participation in university committees, professional organizations and seminars, sponsoring student organizations, and consulting activities. In addition to assisting others, service experiences develop the knowledge and skills of those who serve, and provide relevant, practical examples for use in the classroom.