“Firms are actively pursuing JMU graduates because they know they’re tak- CPA Boot Camp ing this boot camp course; and many of them have already sat for parts of the exam before they come into the firm, which means the firms don’t have to deal with the uncertified staff issues they’re currently dealing with.” Monica G. Callahan JMU's Answer to Exam Prep regional manager, DC, MD, VA Becker Professional Review JMU’s College of Business ranks Review during the weeks following gradu- The innovative program, taught by ation. Four hours a day, four days a week, Riordan and other faculty, has positioned 25th on the National Certified they drill in preparation for the exam. JMU as a trendsetter among colleges and Public Accountants’ Exam universities. And it’s catching on. Becker is The results speak for themselves: after teaching its material in Boot Camp form at Professor Michael Riordan and his the first review course in 2005, 46.3 per- other universities. students are serious about basic training. cent of the students who took the exam In the summer following graduation from passed. According to Travis Lohr, senior manag- the James Madison University College er at Ernst & Young, the CPA designation is of Business Accounting program, these JMU now ranks 25th in the nation in per- paramount among top-rated accounting future accountants enter six weeks of CPA formance on the exam when compared firms. Graduates fresh out of college who Boot Camp. with undergraduates at 2,000 colleges pass the exam enter the job market with a and universities, according to the 2006 competitive edge over most of their peers. Endorsed by Becker, the Illinois-based edition of Candidate Performance on the “You don’t get promoted in our company company that has been preparing stu- Uniform CPA Examination, published by if you don’t have your CPA designation. dents for the CPA exam for 50 years, JMU’s the National Association of State Boards of And the more responsibility you get at College of Business teaches the Becker CPA Accountancy. work, the harder it is to prepare.” Reprinted with permission. Appeared in BusinessWeek Dec. 28, 2007.
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