BAA in Accounting program accredited by The Society of Management Accountants of Canada (CMA Canada)



    Accounting excellence in the spotlight at UQAC

    MONTREAL, Feb. 5 /CNW/ - CMA Canada, the world leader in shaping
strategic management accounting professionals to lead enterprises in the
global marketplace, has renewed the accreditation of the BAA in Accounting
program at the Université du Québec à Chicoutimi (UQAC).
    CMA Canada is the first professional accounting organization in North
America to accredit programs at leading universities. These programs, which
provide complete coverage of the CMA Competency Map Entrance Requirements,
equip students with in-depth knowledge and skills in management accounting,
financial accounting, financial management and taxation, strategic management,
and risk management and governance. These skills are required for mastering
the advanced concepts covered in CMA Canada's Strategic Leadership Program,
leading to the prestigious CMA designation.
    In 2000, CMA Canada implemented an accreditation process to recognize
institutions that offer quality educational programs according to prescribed
standards. Accreditation by CMA Canada offers universities a measurement
process that is based on self-evaluation and peer review, coupled with
external evaluation by CMA Canada. "The accreditation renewal of the UQAC BAA
in Accounting program is a testament to the university meeting the demanding
accreditation requirements set out by CMA Canada," said Steve Vieweg, CMA,
FCMA, President and CEO of CMA Canada. "UQAC offers innovative approaches to
course design and delivery, supported by outstanding faculty resources,
effective evaluation of student performance, and a commitment to quality
education."
    UQAC is among an exclusive group of universities across Canada to have an
undergraduate accounting program accredited by CMA Canada. In recognition of
the rigour and high standards of university programs accredited by CMA Canada,
graduates who successfully complete the programs with a minimum grade point
average of 75%, or 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, are exempted from writing the CMA
Entrance Examination. "This accreditation is concrete proof of the excellent
teaching delivered by our professors and the excellent work accomplished by
our students in the field of accounting," said UQAC Rector Michel Belley.
    "The accreditation relationship between universities and CMA Canada is
based on co-operation and mutual respect, assuring universities that the
results are objective and credible," said François Renauld, FCMA, President
and Executive Director, Quebec CMA Order. "The intent of CMA Canada
accreditation is not to produce a standardized accounting or business
curriculum. Instead, we encourage universities to adopt diverse approaches to
course design and delivery, since innovation is considered indicative of a
commitment to continuous improvement."
    Vieweg emphasized that CMA Canada accreditation of programs at leading
universities sets the standard for quality education in business and
accounting in Canada. "UQAC exemplifies this standard, and is to be commended
for the outstanding quality of its accounting program."

    About CMA Canada

    With 40,000 certified members around the world, CMA Canada grants a
professional designation in strategic management accounting(TM) and is
responsible for standards-setting, accreditation and the continuing
professional development of CMAs. CMAs provide an integrating perspective to
business decision-making, applying a unique blend of expertise in accounting,
management and strategy to identify new market opportunities, ensure corporate
accountability, and help organizations maintain a long-term competitive
advantage. To optimize the performance of global enterprises and build
strategic management accounting(TM) skills, CMA Canada offers innovative
executive development programs, advanced online courses, and internationally
recognized knowledge management publications. For more information, visit
www.cma-canada.org.




For further information:

For further information: Media contacts: Suzanne K. Godbehere, Vice
President, Public Affairs and Communications, CMA Canada, Tel.: (905)
949-3106, Toll Free: 1-800-262-7622, ext. 3106, E-Mail:
sgodbehere@cma-canada.org; Julie Desjardins, Coordinator, Marketing and Media
Relations, Ordre des comptables en management accrédités du Québec, Tel.:
(514) 849-1155, ext. 239, Toll Free: 1-800-263-5390, E-Mail:
j.desjardins@cma-quebec.org; Jean Wauthier, Director - Public Affairs Office,
Université du Québec à Chicoutimi, Tel.: (418) 545-5011, ext. 5007, E-Mail:
jean.wauthier@uqac.ca

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