When Texas Tech University in Lubbock opens the doors of its new School of Accounting on Aug. 15, it will mark a major first -- not just for the university, but for the state as well.
There are about 40 stand-alone schools of accounting at universities in the country, but none in Texas, where accounting is typically relegated to a department within a school, like the Area of Accounting at Texas Tech's Rawls College of Business.
Historically, there have been occasional, scattered attempts to create a school of accounting at universities around the state, but they have all proved unsuccessful.
According to Robert Ricketts, currently the accounting coordinator for the Rawls College, Tech's recent effort to "do something to set the program apart" began about two years ago.
The accounting program has separate accreditation from the rest of the college and so was already distinct. And administrators wanted to signal to students that it was a serious offering.
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