A Message from Area Chair Doug Cerf

3-Doug headshotThis is an exciting time of growth in the Accounting area of Cal Poly’s Orfalea College of Business. Our program has set a goal to prepare 200 quality accounting graduates each year to meet the demand of public accounting firms. This is a significant increase from our current levels.

Achieving this goal requires building new avenues for students to obtain the necessary accounting education. We have recently allowed students in other business concentrations like finance or information systems to add a second concentration in accounting. We will also launch an accounting minor in fall 2016 to attract students from other majors on campus to add accounting to their curriculum. Last but not least, we aim to attract students from other quality academic institutions into our master’s program, which features specializations in taxation and financial accounting.

The other key pillar of this “Campaign for 200” is adding additional accounting faculty. We have added two additional full time tenure track faculty this year — Kim Westermann and Adam Bordeman — and will add another faculty member beginning in 2016. Attracting and retaining the nation’s best teachers is critical to ensuring our program maintains its sterling reputation for quality education amid our plan for growth.

While we share good news of student success, faculty excellence and growth, know that you play a role in this campaign too. Your support financially and your advocacy as an industry partner will help us reach our goal and supply the accounting profession with outstanding graduates who embrace Learn by Doing. I invite you to read more about the recent developments shaping Cal Poly’s Accounting Area.
Doug Cerf
Accounting Area Chair
Orfalea College of Business