Dr. Scott Fleming, chair of WVU’s Department of Accounting, left, and Dr. Kendra Boggess, Concord University interim president, sign the articulation agreement.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. - An articulation agreement between Concord University and West Virginia University will allow Concord’s top accounting students easier access into WVU’s Master of Professional Accountancy (MPA) Program.
Through the agreement, Concord students with a 3.5 GPA in accounting courses and an overall GPA of 3.3 will be guaranteed admission to the program. These graduates will not be required to take the GMAT (Graduate Management Admission Test) prior to entrance into the MPA program.
The agreement was signed on Thursday, Sept. 19, 2013 at the WV Council of Accounting Educators Conference in Charleston, W.Va.
Additional benefits for Concord University students who enter the MPA program under the agreement include: Acceptance of undergraduate coursework to fulfill the pre-requisites for program requirements; access to advising while enrolled in their final semester at Concord University; and, full use of the Career Services Center.
Participating in the signing were Dr. Kendra Boggess, Concord University interim president; Dr. Scott Fleming, chair of WVU’s Department of Accounting; Dr. Presha Neidermeyer, WVU professor of accounting and accounting graduate program coordinator; Dr. Cynthia Khanlarian, Concord associate professor of accounting; and Mr. Thomas Shelton, Concord instructor of accounting.
Concord’s reputation for producing outstanding accounting graduates led to the agreement.
“This is a show of faith that WVU believes our accounting majors are outstanding,” Dr. Khanlarian said. “They like our students.”
“They also want to invite our rising seniors who meet the requirements to come to their campus early in the student’s senior year to meet the recruiters. CPA firms and large businesses and government agencies send recruiters to WVU’s campus to meet students and offer them positions,” she said.
“This agreement with Concord University is the first one to be signed in the state between WVU and one of West Virginia’s regional universities. We realize this indicates that our students’ preparation in accounting is exceptional and we are proud of our students’ work and all our faculty members’ commitment to student preparation in the business professions,” Dr. Boggess said.