Reception to celebrate CMA Canada's Accreditation of Mount Allison University's Commerce Program



    MISSISSAUGA, ON, Sept. 19 /CNW/ - A special reception will be held at
Mount Allison University on Monday, September 22nd to celebrate CMA Canada's
accreditation of the university's Bachelor of Commerce program - the first
University in New Brunswick to receive this distinction.
    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. This is required for mastering the
advanced concepts covered in CMA Canada's Strategic Leadership Program,
leading to the prestigious CMA designation.
    "The success of Mount Allison's Bachelor of Commerce program in meeting
the demanding accreditation requirements set out by CMA Canada is a testament
to the Department of Commerce," said Steve Vieweg, CMA, FCMA, President and
CEO of CMA Canada. "The program offers innovative approaches to course design
and delivery, supported by outstanding faculty resources, effective evaluation
of student performance, and a commitment to continuing quality education."
    Vieweg confirmed that Mount Allison University is the first university in
New Brunswick to have an undergraduate accounting program accredited by CMA
Canada. He said Mount Allison is committed to meeting marketplace expectations
in a globally competitive environment.
    "To achieve this, the university is offering programs and research that
will equip their students with the knowledge and skills required to meet the
needs of employers, while enabling them to have successful careers," said
Vieweg. "It enhances the stature of Mount Allison University, making it
attractive to students with many competitive choices."
    Mount Allison University Provost and Vice-President, Academic and
Research, Dr. Stephen McClatchie says, "The CMA Accreditation is welcome
wonderful news for the Mount Allison commerce department and reflects the high
quality of work and teaching and research within it. As the University moves
forward in its campus-wide academic renewal process, we are excited about the
role our commerce department will play in continuing to provide an exceptional
undergraduate educational experience that prepares our students to become
leaders in the world of business."
    Mount Allison University students who successfully complete the Bachelor
of Commerce program with a minimum grade point average of 75% are exempted
from writing the CMA Entrance Examination. This select group of students will
enter directly into the Strategic Leadership Program, the last step required
to obtain the CMA designation.
    "We are delighted that CMA Canada has accredited our Commerce program,
because a growing number of our graduates are deciding to pursue the CMA
designation after graduation," said Paul Berry, Head, Department of Commerce
at Mount Allison University. "This recognition will speed that process - to
the benefit of our graduates and employers alike."
    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. As a result, universities are able to contribute to
the accreditation process.
    "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 Shelley Pelkey, CMA, FCMA, Chief
Executive Officer of CMA New Brunswick. "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."
    Stay tuned for another big announcement this fall from Mount Allison
University's Commerce department (http://www.mta.ca/faculty/socsci/commerce/).

    About CMA Canada

    With almost 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 advanced management practices in strategic
planning, finance, operations, sales and marketing, information technology,
and human resources 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 on-line courses, and internationally
recognized knowledge management publications. For more information, visit
www.cma-canada.org.

    About Mount Allison University

    Ranked the No.1 Undergraduate University by Maclean's Magazine in 2007
and receiving several As in this year's Globe and Mail University Report Card,
Mount Allison University has always been highly regarded for its unique
approach to learning and its commitment to the total development of its
students. The University has also produced 47 Rhodes Scholars to date. Because
of its small size, location within a small community, and residential nature,
Mount Allison offers a broad range of social, cultural, athletic, and academic
opportunities and areas for active involvement. These influences help shape
our students as future leaders, many of whom have gone on to top positions,
around the world, in a multitude of fields (www.mta.ca).





For further information:

For further information: Media contacts: Steve Vieweg, C. Dir, FCMA,
President and Chief Executive Officer, CMA Canada, Tel. (905) 949-3100,
E-Mail: svieweg@cma-canada.org; Laura Dillman Ripley, Communications Office,
Mount Allison University, Tel. (506) 364-2600, E-Mail: ldillman@mta.ca

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