Reception to celebrate CMA Canada's accreditation of the Bachelor of Accounting Program at Brock University



    MISSISSAUGA, ON, Oct. 19 /CNW/ - A special reception will be held at
Brock University on Monday, October 22nd to celebrate CMA Canada's
accreditation of the university's Bachelor of Accounting program in the
Faculty of Business. The reception will also recognize the establishment of
the combined CMA-MBA program at Brock University.
    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 Brock's Bachelor of Accounting program in meeting the
demanding accreditation requirements set out by CMA Canada is a testament to
the Faculty of Business," 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 Brock University joins an exclusive group, as one
of eight universities in Ontario to have an undergraduate accounting program
accredited by CMA Canada. He said Brock 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 Brock University, making it attractive to
students with many competitive choices."
    Brock University students who successfully complete the Bachelor of
Accounting 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 Bachelor of
Accounting program, because a growing number of our graduates are deciding to
pursue the CMA designation after graduation," said Martin Kusy, Dean of the
Faculty of Business at Brock 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 Merv Hillier, CMA, FCMA, President
and CEO of CMA Ontario. "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."
    The October 22nd reception will also recognize the Master of Business
Administration degree (MBA) being offered by the Faculty of Business at Brock
University as a combined CMA-MBA program.
    On completion of all CMA requirements offered within the Brock MBA
program, students will be able to fulfill the Strategic Leadership Program
component of the CMA designation. To earn the CMA designation, Brock MBA
graduates will need to complete the CMA Entrance Examination, Case
Examination, and CMA Board Report and Presentation, as well as meet the
two-year practical experience component.
    "Over the last few years we have seen a significant growth in the number
of MBA students wanting to earn the CMA designation," said Hillier. "They
recognize the value of the designation in equipping them with the integrated
strategic financial management skills demanded by employers to grow successful
businesses."

    About CMA Canada

    With more than 38,000 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 Brock University's Faculty of Business

    The Faculty of Business at Brock University is committed to being a
leading international centre for the creation, teaching and application of
new, innovative management thinking. The beneficiaries of the dedication and
success will be the students, community and global business. The Bachelor of
Accounting program at Brock University focuses on providing students with the
core knowledge, thinking and analytical skills necessary for a successful
career in accounting. The MBA at Brock University gives students a broad,
integrated understanding of the principles of management, while providing the
opportunity to develop an expertise in one of several specialized areas of
business. For more information, visit www.bus.brocku.ca




For further information:

For further information: Media contacts: R. David Fletcher, Vice
President, Public Affairs, CMA Canada, Tel. (905) 949-3106, E-Mail:
dfletcher@cma-canada.org; Susan LeBlanc, Advancement Officer, Faculty of
Business, Brock University, Tel. (905) 688-5550, ext. 4688, E-Mail:
sleblanc@brocku.ca

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