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LLP AND AU COLLEGE OF BUSINESS DEVELOP ACADEMIC PROGRAM
AUBURN - Auburn Universitys Department of Management and the School
of Accountancy have partnered with international professional services
firm KPMG LLP to develop an academic program in information assurance.
The collaboration with KPMG is the first alliance of its kind for AUs
College of Business, and the information assurance minor is the second
program to emerge from that partnership.
This program exposes students to new and expanding fields in the
accounting profession, while helping to increase the number of top candidates
for KPMGs advisory practice, said Lynne Doughtie, national
managing partner, advisory for KPMG LLP.
The program is open to any AU undergraduate student who meets the prerequisites.
The information assurance minor is a good fit for students majoring in
accounting, management information systems, finance or computer science.
The Department of Management offers a similar program at the graduate
Auburns College of Business is the first Alliance University
in KPMGs plan to create a national, multi-institutional system of
colleges and universities that support cross-functional business education.
We chose Auburn as our flagship college based on interest in the
program from both students and staff, and the facultys willingness
to embrace an interdisciplinary curriculum, said Doughtie.
The 15 credit-hour academic minor helps students prepare for a business
environment that is more demanding in the areas of technology and information
since the passage of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act. The curriculum was developed
in conjunction with senior leadership at KPMG and includes certain required
courses in information security and auditing as well as elective courses
based on the students chosen major.
Establishing and fostering partnership opportunities with external
constituents is a key component of the colleges strategic plan,
said Dean and Wachovia Professor Paul Bobrowski. As a professional
school focused on business and the practice of management, building viable
long-term relationships with select partners will serve to enhance and
enrich degree and non-degree programs, research opportunities and other
non-curricular activities that involve students, faculty and practitioners.
The official announcement of the collaboration between AU and KPMG LLP
to create this minor in information assurance was made at a kick-off celebration,
held on Oct. 2 at the Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art.
The Auburn University College of Business and the School of Accountancy
are accredited at the undergraduate and graduate levels by AACSB, the
highest standard of achievement for business schools. Less than one-third
of U.S. business schools and only 15 percent of business schools worldwide
meet the rigorous standards of AACSB International accreditation. Institutions
that earn accreditation confirm their commitment to quality and continuous
improvement through a rigorous and comprehensive peer review.
KPMG LLP is the U.S. member firm of KPMG International. KPMG Internationals
member firms have nearly 104,000 professionals, including 6,700 partners,
in 144 countries.
Auburn University is a preeminent land-grant and comprehensive research
institution with more than 23,000 students and 6,500 faculty and staff.
Ranked among the top 50 public universities nationally, Auburn is Alabamas
largest educational institution, offering more than 230 undergraduate,
graduate and doctoral degree programs.
(Contributed by Dina Kanellos.)
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