SOAMIS News Roundup Summer ’16

 DePaul Business and Accounting Programs Reaccredited

DePaul University’s business college and accountancy school have both earned five-year renewals of accreditation from AACSB International—The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB).  AACSB accreditation is granted to programs that maintain the highest standards of quality in teaching, research and student achievement. It is a distinction held by only five percent of business schools worldwide. AACSB-accredited business schools are reassessed every five years.seal_blue_125x125

“Congratulations to the faculty, staff, students and all supporters of the school,” says John Ahern, interim director of the School of Accountancy and Management Information Systems. “Rooted in engagement, innovation and impact, accreditation is a substantial competitive advantage that influences and impacts a school’s position in the market.”

The accreditation process includes a comprehensive review of a school’s mission, faculty qualifications and curricula. Accreditation ensures that students are learning material most relevant to their field of study, preparing them to be effective leaders upon graduation.

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Sandra Shelton Named KPMG Casson Professor

DePaul University and its Driehaus College of Business 6Z1A4401joined KPMG Foundation representatives this spring to celebrate the foundation’s generous support for DePaul’s accountancy program and honor Accountancy Professor Sandra Shelton as the newly named KPMG Neil F. Casson Endowed Professor. Read more about the event that honored Shelton here.

Welcome Our New Faculty Member

The School of Accountancy has a new faculty member who will be teaching in the Master of Accountancy program this fall. Taiwei (David) Wang comes to DePaul from the Shidler

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David Wang

College of Business at the University of Hawaii where he has been teaching undergraduate and graduate accounting courses for the last five years. Wang received his PhD in Management Information Systems in 2009 from Purdue University. Wang holds a master’s degree in accounting from the National Taiwan University, where he also received his bachelor’s in accounting. Wang has received numerous teaching awards and has extensive research and journal publications.

Stephani Mason Awarded Research Grant

Assistant Professor Stephani Mason was awarded funding by the International Association for Accounting Education and Research (IAAER) and the International Auditing and Assurance Standards Board (IAASB) for her research proposal,  “Unlocking the black box in fair value measurement (FVM): Examining how valuation specialists prepare and evaluate FVMs.”

This study examines the process that valuation specialists use when preparing FVMs for management and evaluating the reasonableness of management’s FVMs for auditors. The study will look at the factors that influence the valuation specialists’ analyses, whether the purpose of the valuation specialists’ task influences the process they use, and the auditability of FVMs. Mason will work on the study with three other research professors across the country.

DECA Chapter Turns in Winning Performance

DePaul business students, including several from the School of Accountancy and MIS, participated in the DECA international Collegiate Development Conference in Washington, D.C. this spring and brought home some prestige. Competing against more than 1,300 college students from around the world in career development events, the DePaul team of 24 students won 65 awards.

“Students participating in DECA gain life skills that they can apply in their careers,” says Mary Mindak, assistant professor of accountancy and faculty advisor for DePaul’s DECA chapter. “The competition develops communications abilities, technical expertise in the students’ areas of study and creative-thinking techniques—skills that will be extremely sought after in the real world.”

DECA is currently looking for volunteers to judge competitions and speak the student group throughout the year. If you are interested, please contact Mary Mindak at

Read more about the group and their achievements here.


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