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					                 Accounting AAS Program




            Educational Assessment Plan 2007




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                                                     ACCOUNTING AAS DEGREE ACADEMIC ASSESSMENT STATUS TABLE



                                                                                                              MSC
                                                                                            MSC               Assessment        MSC
                                                                                            Assessment        Committee,        Assessment       Submitted to     Participated in
                              Submitted to MSC       (EAP) Revisions   Completion of        Committee,        Review of         Committee        UAA O.A.A.       UAA O.A.A.
                              Academic Affairs       to Plan           Assessment Report    Review of EAP     Report            Approval         by deadline      Peer Review
                              *Submitted to
                              MSC Directors
                              Office & MSC                             No Report required
                              Academic Affairs                         during this                             No Report                                          Peer Review
                 AY 2003-04   September 18, 2003      Yes              Assessment Cycle     No                completed          N/A             Yes              not available


                                                                                                                                                 EAP submitted    No, MSC did
                              Submitted to MSC                         No Report for                                                             to UAA OAA       not have
    Assessment




                              Directors Office and                     Accounting                                                                by internal      materials
                              Academic Affairs                         submitted at this                      No Report                          deadline – May   reviewed by
      Cycles




                 AY 2004-05   May 2005                Yes              time.                No                completed         No               2005             Peer Review
                                                                                            MSC Assessment
                                                                                            Committee                           April 27, 2006
                                                                       April 21, 2006       reviewed and                        MSC              Submitted to      Yes, scheduled
                              Submitted to MSC                         Assessment Report    made              April 27, 2006    Assessment       UAA OAA by       to participate in
                              Directors Office and                     completed by         recommendations   MSC Assessment    Committee        internal         Peer Review
                              Academic Affairs                         Program              for ACCT EAP      Committee         approved with    deadline –May    for summer
                 AY 2005-06   May 2006                Yes              Coordinator          on January 2005   reviewed          edits            2006**           2006



                                                      YES, Spring
                 AY 2006-07    Yes, 31 May 2007      2007

*Original adoption of Educational Assessment Plan
**MSC Assessment deadlines are

The Mat-Su Assessment Committee has begun a system of reviewing Educational Assessment Plans and Assessment Reports, providing the Program
Coordinator and Assessment staff with recommendations and guidance in all Assessment endeavors. The MSC Assessment Committee has reviewed
and approved this Educational Assessment Plan.




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Introduction................................................................................................................................................... 4
   Organizational and Program Description ............................................................................................. 4
   Modification of the Assessment Plan...................................................................................................... 4
Program Objective Statement ....................................................................................................................... 5
Outcomes for MSC Accounting AAS Program ........................................................................................... 6
Assessment Tools........................................................................................................................................... 9
   Table 1: Program Outcomes Assessment Tool Table .......................................................................... 9
Appendix A: Student Outcome Surveys (ESS) ......................................................................................... 10
Appendix B: Alumni Survey ...................................................................................................................... 11
   Revised Alumni Survey Instrument ..................................................................................................... 12
Appendix C: Employer Survey .................................................................................................................. 14
   Revised Employer Survey Instrument ................................................................................................. 15
Additional Resources: Accounting, Bookkeeping, and Payroll Services Industry Trends ..................... 17




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                                                  Introduction
The following study outlines that process and provides a template for future assessments. The following
study will include a brief organizational and program description, Objective statement, Program
Outcomes, and a client/target population description.

Organizational and Program Description

Matanuska-Susitna College (MSC) is an extended college of the University of Alaska, Anchorage (UAA).
Matanuska-Susitna College is accredited through the University of Alaska, Anchorage and the
Commission on Colleges of the Northwest Association of Schools and Colleges (NASC).

MSC offers an Associate of Applied Science in Accounting, which prepares students for immediate
employment in the clerical/bookkeeping field. The program also provides a foundation for students who
wish to pursue a four year baccalaureate degree. The emphasis of the program is to provide students with
practical, job-oriented skills utilizing current technologies found in the workplace.

The Accounting Program consists of seven core courses: (1) ACCT A101: Principles of Financial
Accounting I, (2) ACCT A102: Principles of Financial Accounting II, (3) ACCT A202: Principles of
Managerial Accounting, (4) ACCT A210 Income Tax Preparation, (5) ACCT A222: Introduction to
Computers & Accounting, (6) ACCT A225: Accounting for Payroll, Receivables, and Payables, and (7)
ACCT A230: Financial Statement Preparation & Presentation.

Key resources used by instructors and students within these seven accounting courses are course content
guides (CCGs) and syllabi. Each accounting course syllabus contains objectives and outcomes pertinent
to a specific accounting course and are aligned with the Undergraduate Affairs Board (UAB), UAA
approved CCGs.

Matanuska-Susitna College (MSC) is an extended college of the University of Alaska, Anchorage (UAA).
Matanuska-Susitna College is accredited through the University of Alaska, Anchorage and the Northwest
Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU).

Modification of the Assessment Plan

The faculty, after reviewing the collected data and the processes used to collect it, may decide to alter the
Assessment Plan. Changes may be made to any component of the Plan, including the Objectives,
Outcomes, Assessment Tools, or any other aspect of the Plan. The changes are to be approved by the
faculty of the program. The modified Assessment Plan is to be forwarded to the MSC Assesment
Committee, MSC Director’s Office, and the Office of Academic Affairs.

As of spring 2007, the Accounting Program Coordinator has left Mat-Su College. Upon the arrival of the
new Accounting Program Coordinator, changes may be made to Accounting Programmatic Assessment.




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                                         Program Objective Statement
The Objective for the Accounting Program is to address the needs following three identifiable categories
of students:

           a. Those students that are attaining or upgrading job-related skills in the Alaskan business
              environment,

           b. Those students that are preparing to enter into a new vocation or complement their present
              vocation, and

           c. Those students that are preparing themselves for subsequent matriculation at a four-year
              university with subsequent candidacy for the baccalaureate degree.




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                             Outcomes for MSC Accounting AAS Program
The Associate of Applied Science Degree in Accounting is a two-year program designed to prepare
students for immediate employment in the clerical/bookkeeping field. The program may also be used as a
foundation for students who wish to pursue a bachelor’s degree at a later date, although not all courses or
credits in this program will transfer into the four-year program. The emphasis of the program is to
provide students with practical, job-oriented skills utilizing current technologies found in the workplace.
Following are the Outcomes and Objectives for the MSC Acct AAS Program:

   1. Outcome
      Students should be able to describe the way in which businesses are organized and the
      responsibilities of the major function areas within business organizations.

               Objectives

               1.1    Describe the legal forms of business organizations.

               1.2    Understand the legal and economic environments in which businesses operate.

               1.3    Describe the roles and responsibilities of the major function areas within business
                      organizations.

               1.4    Classify the nature of the accounting function within business organizations and
                      recognize the importance it plays in providing information to other departments.

   2. Outcome
      Students should be able to apply the fundamental accounting equation (A=L+OE) in the analysis
      and recording of business transactions and utilize the major components of an accounting
      information system.

               Objectives

               2.1    Define and illustrate examples of the following financial statement elements:
                      Assets, Liabilities, Owners’ Equity, Revenues, and Expenses.

               2.2    Discuss the criteria used to determine when revenue is recognized and when to
                      recognize expenses and apply these criterion to specific business entities.

               2.3    Distinguish between the accrual and cash basis of accounting.

               2.4    Analyze the effects of business transactions on the elements of financial statements.

               2.5    Apply the rules of double entry bookkeeping in recording the effects of business
                      transactions in journal entry form (i.e.: debits and credits).

               2.6    List the steps and describe the activities in the accounting information processing
                      cycle.


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           2.7     Explain the basic components of internal control and describe the attributes of
                   effective internal control systems.

           2.8     Identify the special journals common to most accounting information systems.

           2.9     Demonstrate the recording, summarization, and posting of these journals.

3. Outcome
   Students should understand the fundamental tax laws and principles underlying the preparation of
   individual income tax returns, and be able to discuss basic tax research and tax planning
   procedure. Students should understand the fundamental state and federal payroll tax laws and
   principles and be able to properly calculate record and report payroll transactions for a business.

           Objectives

           3.1     Demonstrate competency in applying the Internal Revenue Service code and
                   regulations relating to gross income and deductions in preparing individual income
                   tax returns.

           3.2     Identify tax issues that require additional research.

           3.3     Demonstrate the ability to research tax issues through available tax information
                   resources.

           3.4     Demonstrate the ability to prepare an individual income tax return manually.

           3.5     Demonstrate the ability to prepare an individual income tax return utilizing a
                   computerized tax software package.

           3.6     Identify the provisions of federal and state laws that affect payroll and employment
                   practices.

           3.7     Calculate and record payroll information into the accounting system.

           3.8     Prepare the quarterly and annual federal and state payroll reports.

           3.9     Set up a payroll accounting system using a computerized software package.

4. Outcome
   Students should understand the fundamental accounting concepts underlying the preparation of the
   primary financial statements.

           Objectives
           4.1   Discuss what information is typically found on the balance sheet, income
                 statement, statement of owners’ equity, and statement of cash flows.

           4.2     Analyze whether an adjustment or correction is needed in a particular situation.

           4.3     Identify the information needed to make the necessary adjusting or correcting entry
                   and document the information in good form.

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           4.4     Classify cash receipts and cash payment transactions into operating, investing, and
                   financial activities.

           4.5     Prepare a balance sheet, income statement, statement of owners’ equity, and
                   statement of cash flows, including footnotes.

5. Outcome
   Students should be able to identify uses of accounting data by managers in directing the affairs of
   business and should appreciate the role of technology in the accounting information processing
   cycle.
          Objectives

           5.1     Identify differences between external and internal requirements for accounting
                   information.

           5.2     Identify and utilize planning control techniques.

           5.3     Understand cost behavior as it applies to budgeting, product costing, breakeven
                   analysis and relevant cost decision analysis.

           5.4     Demonstrate competency in the use of current operating systems and graphical user
                   interfaces (i.e.: Windows environment).

           5.5     Demonstrate the ability to access information off the internet and World Wide
                   Web.

           5.6     Demonstrate competency in the use of current software programs for word
                   processing, spreadsheet, and data base applications.

           5.7     Demonstrate competency in the use of accounting software packages including the
                   conversion of a manual accounting system to a computer software package.

6. Outcome
   Students should develop a professional orientation toward the practice of accounting, and be
   prepared for and successful in obtaining entry-level employment.

           Objectives

           6.1     Discuss the role and importance that ethics plays in the practice of accounting and
                   in the preparation of financial statements.

           6.2     Identify the standard setting and professional organizations, which influence the
                   practice of accounting and offer specialized training and certification programs.

           6.3     Demonstrate relevant capacities and attitudes for lifelong learning.




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                                               ASSESSMENT TOOLS

A description of the tools used in the assessment of the Program Outcomes and their implementation are
summarized in Table 1. The tools and their relationships to the Program Outcomes are listed in Table 2.

There is a separate appendix for each tool that describes the factors that affect the results and give
examples of the tools and how they will be implemented.

                           Table 1: Program Outcomes Assessment Tool Table
                       Program Outcomes Assessment Tools and Administration

                                                                   Frequency/                                    Administer
            Tool                     Description                                         Collection Method
                                                                   Start Date                                      ed by
                          This tool is a survey of Course
       Student Outcome    Outcomes that is filled out by
                                                                                     The Academic Affairs
       Surveys (End-of-   students completing the course at
                                                                                     Survey staff at MSC will
       the-Semester       the end of the semester. They are
                                                                                     provide the results of      Academic
       Surveys or ESS)    otherwise known as End-of-the-          Fall 2003 –
                                                                                     Outcome Survey results      Affairs
                          Semester Surveys and these              ongoing each
                                                                                     each semester after         Department
                          surveys are conducted, and the data     semester
                                                                                     grades are submitted to     Staff
                          is managed by, Academic Affairs
                                                                                     Program Coordinators
                          at MSC. These Course Outcome
                                                                                     for analysis.
                          Surveys are mapped to Program
                          Outcomes.

       Alumni Survey      This tool surveys the graduates of      Original survey    Project Specialist to
                                                                                                                 Assessment
                          the Accounting Program to               will look at       conduct survey. They
                                                                                                                 Project
                          determine if the Program was            years 1997–        will gather, format, and
                                                                                                                 Specialist and
                          effective in training the students to   2004; ongoing      plot data, which will be
                                                                                                                 Program
                          successfully meet their career and      every 2-3 years    presented to the Program
                                                                                                                 Coordinator
                          educational goals and outcomes.         thereafter         Coordinator for analysis.

                           This tool surveys the employers in
       Employer Survey    the field of Accounting to ascertain
                                                                                     Project Specialist to
                          the necessary skills and attributes a                                                  Assessment
                                                                  Spring 2005 –      conduct survey. They
                          graduate most possess in order to                                                      Project
                                                                  ongoing every      will gather, format, and
                          successfully compete in the                                                            Specialist and
                                                                  2-3 years          plot data, which will be
                          industry. The survey is also used                                                      Program
                                                                  thereafter         presented to the Program
                          to quality of education & career                                                       Coordinator
                                                                                     Coordinator for analysis.
                          preparation MSC is providing
                          graduates.




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                        Appendix A: Student Outcome Surveys (ESS)

Tool Description:

This instrument is designed to measure how well the course objectives have been met during
the semester. A student outcome survey has been developed for each course offered in the
Accounting program. The survey will be given to students in all Accounting program classes
at the end of each semester. Each objective from the Course Content Guide is listed with
space provided for the student to indicate how well they feel the objectives were met, ranging
from excellent to poor.

Factors that affect the collected data:

The data could be affected in several different ways. A low turnout of individuals who take
the surveys could mean a very poor sampling of data, which could show a skewed view of
the actual trends. Also, student outcome surveys data may adversely be affected by students’
attitudes toward an individual instructor.

How to interpret the data:

The surveys will be read and the information tallied to help instructors better meet the
objectives of the Course Content Guide. The information will also be used to determine if
there is a need to modify some of the Course Content Guide objectives.

The Project Specialist in Academic Affairs has provided the Coordinator with a packet of all
Accounting Program Outcome Survey results from spring 2003 through fall 2004, including
merged survey results from courses that have been consistently surveyed over the semesters
and were compatible to merge. For example, ACCT A101 was surveyed in Fall 2003 and
Fall 2004 for two different sections (P31 & P32) and these results were merged together to
view more general trends over a period of time. Merged survey results have been compiled
for ACCT A101, ACCT A102, ACCT A120, ACCT A202, and ACCT A222. This feature
may help expand the usefulness of this assessment tool. The Coordinator will continue to
receive all survey results each semester.

Due to the extensive nature of the packet that includes all outcomes surveys for the
Accounting Program since the inception of the phpESP system at MSC, it is implied that the
Coordinator will take into consideration the entire packet into consideration when reviewing
this assessment tool as a means of evaluation for the Accounting Program, and not just the
sample results that have been included in this report for the benefit of a sampling. The
packet, in its entirety, has been included in supporting documentation.




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                                             Appendix B: Alumni Survey


Tool Description:
The alumni survey asks graduates of the program to rate their performance relative to the program’s objectives.
Additionally, alumni are asked to rate the importance of the program objectives from their viewpoint. An original survey
instrument was provided by the Coordinator. The survey instrument was then re-structured and re-formatted by the
Project Specialist to include more industry questions and questions regarding relative success in a number of different
areas of the individual’s career since leaving MSC. A sample of the original survey instrument is included in the
following pages, followed by the revised version which was the version used in this assessment process.


Factors that affect the collected data:
A number of factors need to be taken into consideration when analyzing the data. The following factors are those that we
have identified.

       Low return rates. It has been proven difficult to secure a good return rate from the alumni, even with follow up
        phone calls. Graduates often move and leave no forwarding addresses. The smaller the sampling, the more the
        accuracy of the results is compromised.
       Some graduation years have not responded to the survey. The result is that the data is skewed to the viewpoint of
        a subset of our graduates.
       A tool employed by the Project Specialist in the mass mailing to the graduates has been to include Mat-Su
        College promotional items in the mailings. People seem to respond if they are given incentive to do so. Some of
        the other programs have experienced very high rates of return (in view of industry standards); we believe the
        promotional items may contribute to this.


How to interpret the data:
Care should be taken to investigate and discuss the factors influencing the results before interpreting the outcome. The
results of the surveys should also be compared against employer surveys to get a good picture of program performance.
Be aware that there is not a direct connection in the two surveys between the employers and the alumni that work for
them.


Tabulating and Reporting Results:
The original survey instrument was created by faculty. The revised version was created by the Assessment Project
Specialist to maximize the survey’s potential. Surveys were distributed to alumni that have graduated from spring 1997 to
spring 2004. The results are gathered and tabulated by the Assessment staff. The data and statistics derived from the
survey results will be incorporated into the Plan on an on-going basis, as surveys are still being accepted and data has not
yet been tabulated.

As of 2007-2008 AY, the new MSC Accounting Program Coordinator may decide to make changes to the
employer and alumni surveys. Surveys were last revised in spring 2005.




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Revised Alumni Survey Instrument




                                  Accounting Program Alumni Survey 2005
The purpose of this survey is to gather data to ascertain the level of satisfaction with the training received from
the Matanuska Susitna College Accounting Program. This information will be used to help us determine the
effectiveness of the Accounting program. If you have any questions regarding this survey, please contact
Zeleen Hood, Project Specialist, at (907) 745-9780 or Email at zhood@matsu.alaska.edu.
Thank you for taking a few moments to complete this survey and return it in the enclosed postage paid envelope.



1. What was your primary reason for pursuing the AAS Accounting degree?
         To qualify for an entry-level accounting position        To achieve a promotion or increased status at your current job
         To increase your effectiveness at your current position  To build a foundation for a bachelor’s degree
         Other_______________________

2. How effective do you feel the AAS Accounting degree was in helping you to achieve your primary objective noted
   in question #1?
         Ineffective     Neither helped nor hindered      Somewhat Effective  Generally Effective          Very Effective

3. Are you currently working in an Accounting-related field?  Yes             No       Continuing Education

4. If No, what field have you worked in since completing your training at MSC?________________________

5. If you are continuing your education, what degree are you seeking?______________________

6. How long did it take to find a job once you graduated fromC?
         < 2 months       2-4 months        4-6 months  6-8 months            8+ months  N/A (attending school)

7. Approximate salary range:  under $20,000                   20,000-24,999           24,000-29,999
                              30,000-34,999                   35,000-39,999           40,000-44,999
                              45,000-49,999                   Over 50,000

8. How relevant were the following courses in enhancing or expanding your employment situation?
                                                   Not                      Somewhat            Very      Not
                                                 Relevant       Neutral      Relevant Relevant Relevant Applicable
                                                    (1)           (2)           (3)     (4)      (5)
  Principles of Accounting I
  Principles of Accounting II
  Managerial Accounting
  Income Tax Preparation
  Intro to Computers and Accounting
  Acctg for Payroll, Receivables, &
  Payables
  Financial Stmt. Prep and Presentation
  Introduction to Business
  Computer Concepts in Business

9. If currently working, what type of organization do you work for?
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          Federal      School District  Utilities  Borough  Medical  Small Private  State
          Legal        Construction Accounting Firm          Non-profit  Other____________

10. What is your job function?
          Office Management  Accounting/ Bookkeeping  Administration  Small Business Management
          Insurance  General Office / Reception Other____________________

Please check the appropriate box.
                                                                              Somewhat Generally    Very
                                                 Ineffective     Neutral       Effective Effective Effective
                                                     (1)           (2)            (3)       (4)       (5)
How would you rate the level of
instruction that was delivered at MSC in
the Accounting Program?
What is the level of satisfaction with the
classroom facilities at MSC?
How would you rate the level of
instruction materials and resource
materials, including textbooks?
How would you rank faculty advising at
MSC?
Are you able to problem solve creatively
and manage information efficiently?
How effective are you at working with
customers, supervisors, and co-workers?
Do you feel you received adequate
training in interpersonal skills and human
relations?
Do you feel that your training at MSC
provided you with the skills necessary to
achieve a promotion at your current
position?
Have you effectively worked in attaining
continuing education opportunities since
graduation?
Do you feel that the training you received
at MSC provided the skills necessary to
obtain work in the Accounting field?

11. Do you feel that the Accounting training you received at Matanuska-Susitna College prepared you in all
   areas that are crucial to success in your profession?  Yes  No


12. If no, what areas do you feel the Accounting Department could improve in order to better meet the needs
  of graduates such as yourself?




Thank you for your participation in this survey. We truly strive to increase the quality and effectiveness of the Accounting Program at
MSC. Please return this completed survey in the enclosed postage-paid envelope as soon as possible. If you have any questions or
comments about this survey, please contact Zeleen Hood at (907) 745-9780 or Email to zhood@matsu.alaska.edu




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                                        Appendix C: Employer Survey
Tool Description:
The employer survey asks employers to rate the performance of their employees who have graduated from Mat-
Su College’s Accounting Program. Employers are asked value questions targeting the objectives of the
program, and then are asked how well the MSC grad does in relation to this objective. Additionally, employers
are asked to rate the importance of the program objectives from their viewpoint.

Please note that Employers will be asked to complete the survey questions about the relative importance of the
objectives regardless of whether they have a MSC graduate working with their company or not. Therefore we
can get a good feel of the industry standard from more than just a handful of companies employing MSC
graduates.


Factors that affect the collected data:
A number of factors need to be taken into consideration when analyzing the data. The following factors are a
few that have been identified.

       Low return rates. It has proven difficult get a good return rate from the employers, even with follow up
        phone calls. This reduces the accuracy of the results.
       Some classification groups have not responded to the survey. The result is that the data is skewed to the
        viewpoint of a subset of the employers of our graduates.
       It may be possible that the employer is not aware of MSC graduates in their employ. This leads to an
        assessment that is not representative.


How to interpret the data:
Care should be taken to investigate and discuss the factors influencing the results before interpreting the
outcome. The results of the surveys should also be compared against alumni surveys to get good picture of
program performance. Be aware that there is not a direct connection in the two surveys between the employers
and the alumni that work for them.


Sample Survey
The original survey instrument was created by faculty. The revised version was created by the Assessment Project
Specialist to maximize the survey’s potential. It may be difficult to determine who to target for the employer survey for
the Accounting Program. There are countless businesses that have an accounting department; therefore, further
assessment of where MSC graduates are employed may be necessary before the employer surveys can be utilized.


As of 2007-2008 AY, the new MSC Accounting Program Coordinator may decide to make changes to the
employer and alumni surveys. Surveys were last revised in spring 2005.




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                                           Revised Employer Survey Instrument




                                  Accounting Program Employer Survey 2005
The purpose of this survey is to gather data on employer satisfaction with graduates from the Accounting Program at Matanuska
Susitna College. Thank you for taking the time and effort to respond to this questionnaire. Please give you’re most candid and
thorough response to the questions below. If you have any questions or comments about this survey, please contact Zeleen Hood,
Academic Affairs Department, (907) 745-9780. If you would like an electronic copy to fill out, please email zhood@matsu.alaska.edu

 Thank you for taking a few moments to complete this survey and return it in the enclosed postage paid envelope.
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Name_____________________Position__________________Company___________________________________

1. Have you ever hired an Employee that graduated / participated in the Matanuska-Susitna College Accounting
   Program? (Please circle Yes or No; If No, please fill out any questions relevant to your business and mail reply in
   the attached pre-paid envelope; If Yes, please answer all questions and return). YES           NO

2. Type of your organization?
       Federal/ State Education Utilities Borough Medical Small Private Retail/ Wholesale
       Banking/ Finance Construction /Oil Accounting Firm Non-profit Other____________

3. The primary job function of Mat-Su College CIOS graduates at your company (check all that applies):
       Office Management          Administrative Assistant Small Business Management
       General Office/ Reception Accounting/Bookkeeping Computer Applications Other______________

4. What is the approximate salary range of an entry level graduate (Associate degree) new hire at your company?
       Under $20,000            20,000-24,999           24,000-29,999
       30,000-34,999            35,000-39,999           40,000-44,999
       45,000-49,999            Over 50,000

5. Approximate number of employees at your company?                    <10 10-25 26-50 51-100 101-500

6. Please rank the following objectives and skills (please indicate on the far right if your MSC graduate meets the
   objective on the left after ranking the objective’s importance):
                                              Not     Somewhat              Very                                    Does the MSC
                                            Important Important Important Important                     Crucial     Grad Meet this
      Objectives & Skills                      (1)       (2)       (3)       (4)                          (5)       Objective /
                                                                                                                    Skill?
Ability to manage information
effectively using the popular software
applications and industry techniques.
Being effective and developing
rapport with customers, co-workers,
and supervisors
Ability to follow directions accurately
without micro-management
Independent thinking and creative
problem-solving
Seeks continued education and
professional career-building
opportunities


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7. Please indicate the following rate of importance for the following areas of knowledge:

                                                                                Somewhat                          Extremely
                 Knowledge Areas                              Not Needed        important       Important         Important
 Word-processing
 Spreadsheets
 Databases
 Business Law
 Business Ethics
 Understanding of the roles of other departments
 within a business. (i.e. management, marketing, and
 human resources)
 Written Communication
 Oral Communication
 Math Competency (Algebra-level)

8. It is imperative for a new-hire graduate at your company to be proficient in which of the following areas
  (check all that are required for employment at your company)?

Word-Processing      Spreadsheets Databases Business Law & Ethics Communication Skills
Accounting Procedures Independent Work-style Leadership Positive Attitude Customer Service
Creativity & Problem Solving Adaptability Management Skills Associate degree or higher


9. Do you feel the training at Matanuska-Susitna College has prepared the employee in all areas that are crucial to
   the success, operation, and function of your Company?             Yes           No


  Please rate this individual on a scale from 1-10; 1 being Unacceptable Performance; 10 being Outstanding
  Performance. 1           2        3       4     5       6      7        8      9      10



10. Would you hire MSC graduates in the future?                Yes        No

11. Would your company be interested in participating in internship opportunities with MSC Accounting students?
                                       Yes             No
      If interested, please provide a company contact_____________________.

12. Are there any specific areas in which Matanuska-Susitna College could better prepare the graduates for employment?
                                         Yes           No

   If yes, please explain.



Thank you for your participation in this survey. We truly strive to increase the quality and effectiveness of the Accounting Program at
MSC. Please return this completed survey in the enclosed postage-paid envelope as soon as possible. If you have any questions or
comments about this survey, please contact Zeleen Hood at (907) 745-9780 or Email to zhood@matsu.alaska.edu


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             Additional Resources: Accounting, Bookkeeping, and Payroll Services Industry Trends

National Trends: Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks
Industry: Accounting, tax preparation, bookkeeping, and payroll services
Division: Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services

Persons employed in this occupation within this industry
       Estimated 2002                            Projected 2012                          Percent Change
                             83,000                                  95,600                                +15.2%

Persons employed in this occupation across all industries
       Estimated 2002                            Projected 2012                          Percent Change
                        1,983,100                                2,042,400                                     +3.0%

Persons employed in this industry across all occupations
        Estimated 2002                              Projected 2012                            Percent Change

                              867,100                                1,081,800                             +24.8%

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, Office of Occupational Statistics and Employment Projections


Industry Employment Trends:                   The industry trends data is for the industry group Accounting, tax preparation, bookkeeping, and
payroll services, which includes the following industries: Accounting and bookkeeping services, Offices of certified public accountants, Tax
preparation services, Payroll services, Other accounting services


             Location                              Estimated 2002                            Projected 2012                    Percent Change
         United States                                 867,100                                 1,081,800                               25%
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, Office of Occupational Statistics and Employment Projections

National Trends: Accountants and auditors
Industry: Accounting, tax preparation, bookkeeping, and payroll services
Division: Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services

Persons employed in this occupation within this industry
        Estimated 2002                             Projected 2012                             Percent Change
                             231,700                                   324,600                                  +40.1%

Persons employed in this occupation across all industries
        Estimated 2002                             Projected 2012                             Percent Change
                          1,055,200                                 1,260,700                                   +19.5%

Persons employed in this industry across all occupations
         Estimated 2002                                Projected 2012                              Percent Change

                                867,100                                  1,081,800                              +24.8%

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, Office of Occupational Statistics and Employment Projections




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State and National Wages for Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks

                          Pay                                                         2003
Location
                          Period         10%                  25%                   Median                 75%                  90%
                          Hourly         $8.70               $10.76                 $13.45                $16.78               $20.64
United States
                          Yearly        $18,100              $22,400                $28,000              $34,900               $42,900
                          Hourly         $10.95              $13.15                 $15.93                $19.34               $22.43
Alaska
                          Yearly        $22,800              $27,400                $33,100              $40,200               $46,700

Wage Data: Frequently Asked Questions

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics Survey; Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development,
Economic Information


State and National Trends

                                                              Employment                      Percent
United States                                                                                                          Job Openings 1
                                                          2002            2012                Change

Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing
                                                       1,983,100       2,042,400               +3%                         43,080
clerks
                                                              Employment                      Percent
Alaska                                                                                                                 Job Openings 1
                                                          2002            2012                Change

Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing
                                                         5,310           5,550                 +4%                           120
clerks


Distribution of Educational Attainment

                                                       Percent of employees aged 25 to 44 in the occupation whose highest level of
                                                                              educational attainment is-
                   Occupation
                                                            High School                                              Bachelor Degree
                                                                                         Some College
                                                              or Less                                                   or More
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks                   40.4%                          43.8%                        15.8%
Financial Clerks                                               43.8%                          40.9%                        15.2%
Office, Clerical and Secretarial                               42.7%                          40.8%                        16.6%
Total, All Occupations                                         42.4%                          27.8%                        29.8%




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