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Professor to Shape Statewide Accounting Curriculum


UC Riverside Professor Will Help Shape New Statewide Accounting Curriculum

Michael Moore has been named to a statewide committee whose decisions will impact accounting programs at California's colleges, including UC Riverside

(April 7, 2010)

Michael Moore

Michael Moore

RIVERSIDE, Calif. - (www.ucr.edu) - Following a slew of high-profile financial fraud cases, a UC Riverside accounting professor has been named to a committee that will meet for the first time Thursday in Sacramento to start changing accounting education requirements at California colleges.

Michael Moore, chairman of the Department of Accounting and Information Systems at The A. Gary Anderson Graduate School of Management at UCR, is the only University of California faculty member on the nine-person committee. The committee's work will directly impact UCR, which is in the process of creating a master's degree in accounting.

In October, California lawmakers passed legislation that requires an additional year of accounting study to practice as a certified public accountant in the state. The new requirements, which mirror those passed by the vast majority of other states in recent years, take effect Jan. 1, 2014.

The Accounting Education Committee, which was established as part of the legislation, must provide it recommendations by Jan. 1, 2012. Committee members will determine whether additional units will be made up of independent study or other academic work in accounting, business, ethics, business law or other related subjects.

The additional requirements are needed for several reasons, Moore said.

One, 47 states have a similar requirement. Therefore, students who graduate with an accounting degree in California already need to take the additional coursework to practice in almost every other state.

Two, there is a demand for consumer protection education, especially after some recent high-profile financial fraud cases.

Three, the accounting field has become increasingly complex in recent years with the internationalization of business and constant technological changes.

"What you learned 30 years ago in accounting is not close to the level of knowledge needed for practice today," said Moore, who has been a CPA for more than 40 years.

In creating the new statewide requirements, Moore will draw on expertise gained from writing the proposal for the UCR master's degree in accounting and work, while at USC, on a number of curriculum projects at the undergraduate level and help developing accounting and taxation programs at the master's level.

UCR hopes to launch its master's degree in the fall of 2011. It would be the first UC campus to have such a program.

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