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University of Iowa's accounting Ph.D. program gets high national ranking

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The University of Iowa's Ph.D. program in accounting was ranked highly in two recent studies published in national accounting journals.

The UI accounting program ranked 14th nationally (eighth among state schools) in a study that ranks doctoral programs by the quality and quantity of the accounting research of graduates. Conducted by James R. Hasselback and Alan Reinstein, the study was published in the scholarly journal "Advances in Accounting" and looked at doctoral graduates from all 73 U.S. institutions that had programs from 1978-1992. Since the study was quantitative, it was adjusted for the size of each accounting program.

In another study that ranks schools by the percentage of graduates whose work has been cited most frequently in top-rated accounting research journals, Iowa ranked 10th nationally (third among state schools). Produced by Lawrence D. Brown, the study was published in the journal "Accounting, Organizations and Society." The study ranked Ph.D. granting institutions on the basis of the most influential papers in accounting as evidenced by citation counts over the 17-year period from 1976 to 1992. Only programs that granted at least five Ph.D. degrees a year were ranked in the study.

According to Dan Collins, department chairman and the Henry B. Tippie professor of accounting, studies analyzing the quality of Ph.D. accounting programs are published periodically in an attempt to objectively determine how departments rank among their peers.

During the last 15 years, the UI accounting program has placed nearly 75 percent of its Ph.D. graduates in Research I institutions, the highest research ranking by the Carnegie Foundation. Recent graduates have taken faculty positions at Stanford University, University of Chicago, University of Rochester, Washington University in St. Louis, Vanderbilt University and several Big 10 schools.