Title: Evaluation of an accounting programme for the purpose of improving the passing rates of CPA examination and meeting CPA supply shortage in the Texas Lower Rio Grande Valley

Authors: Musa Essayyad, Dennis Ortiz

Addresses: University of Texas at Brownsville, Brownsville, Texas 78520, USA. ' University of Texas at Brownsville, Brownsville, Texas 78520, USA

Abstract: This paper presents the case of an accounting degree programme of a small business school in the Texas Lower Rio Grande Valley (LRGV). It provides simple complementary methodologies to evaluate the compatibility of an accounting degree programme relative to other accounting degree programmes in the University of Texas System, discusses the determinants of passing rates of CPA exam, estimates the demand and supply of CPAs in the region, and provides recommendations. The value of this case is derived from its simple framework that could be applied to accounting programmes affiliated with other university systems in Texas and elsewhere.

Keywords: CPA passing rates; CPA demand and supply; accounting programme evaluation; AICPA CSO gap analysis; accounting internships; accounting education; universities; higher education.

DOI: 10.1504/IJTGM.2011.037889

International Journal of Trade and Global Markets, 2011 Vol.4 No.1, pp.66 - 92

Available online: 03 Jan 2011 *

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