The accounting program of the Stillman School of Business has been chosen to present at this year’s College Board Forum, “the preeminent annual gathering of K–12, higher education and college access professionals.”
Founded in 1900, the College Board is a not-for-profit organization made up of over 6,000 of the world’s leading educational institutions. It is responsible for the SAT and the AP programs and serves the education community through research and advocacy designed to promote equity and excellence in education.
The invitation to present at the College Board Forum comes on the heels of outreach to Stillman’s accounting program by Professor Carolyn Sattin-Bajaj of the College of Education and Human Services and Alexandria Walton Radford, author of Top Student, Top School? — the much acclaimed book on how social class shapes where valedictorians go to college.
Radford is now working on a follow-up book on how valedictorians' undergraduate experiences shape their employment outcomes. In her research, the detailed guidance one first-generation college student received from the Stillman School’s accounting department stood out. With this in mind Sattin-Bajaj and Radford contacted the Department of Accounting and Taxation to learn more about the program’s approach, which has a track record of helping students receive job offers from top companies.
Professor Mark Holtzman, the chair of the accounting department, explained that he believed their success to be a combination of Stillman’s nationally ranked leadership development honors program, a challenging curriculum as well as careful advising and career counseling.
“The department provides individual advisement to help every student to identify their goals and to work successfully to achieve them. The Big Four accounting firms all recruit students on our campus, in addition to employers such as Goldman Sachs, Prudential, Johnson & Johnson and many national accounting firms,” shared Holtzman.
Now, Stillman’s accounting program has been chosen to share some of its practices at the College Board Forum this October in New York City.
In noting the honor, Holtzman said, “I’d like to publicly acknowledge our faculty, and especially our faculty advisor David Mest, The Career Center, and the indefatigable director of The Gerald P. Buccino ’63 Center for Leadership Development, Michael Reuter.”
“Congratulations to the Department of Accounting and to all our Stillman faculty who help in delivering an impactful educational experience,” said Joyce Strawser, dean of the Stillman School of Business. “I’d also like to recognize and thank our terrific partners in The Career Center, especially Director Reesa Greenwald and Assistant Director Rebecca Grubb-Venancio, who work so closely with our accounting students and employers.”
Read more about the Stillman School of Business, its accounting programs and The Gerald P. Buccino ’63 Center for Leadership Development.