Contact: Casey G. Cegielski, (334) 844-6542 (cegieca@auburn.edu), or
Mike Clardy, (334) 844-9999 (clardch@auburn.edu)


AUBURN - Auburn University’s 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 AU’s 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 KPMG’s 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 level.

Auburn’s College of Business is the first “Alliance University” in KPMG’s 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 faculty’s 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 student’s chosen major.

“Establishing and fostering partnership opportunities with external constituents is a key component of the college’s 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 International’s 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 Alabama’s largest educational institution, offering more than 230 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degree programs.

(Contributed by Dina Kanellos.)

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