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DSU announces Accounting Integrated Learning Program

Posted on 4/22/2013

The accounting faculty at Dickinson State University are challenging the traditional model of education and adapting their teaching style to two emerging trends: a technologically-driven student body and the dynamic economy of western North Dakota.

"Employers today want graduates who can hit the ground running. In our area's fast-paced environment, employers are telling us that they want to hire graduates who are ready to work on day one," said DSU assistant professor of accounting, Ashley Stark. "The old model of on-the-job-training can take months to teach new employees how to do their jobs,"

The DSU Accounting Integrated Learning Program (AILP) will deliver DSU's accounting degree in a hands-on, real-world environment by simulating an office environment. The program will better train students to operate in organizations and how to better succeed on the Certified Public Accountant exam.

With a motto of "less talk, more do," accounting faculty will change how they deliver courses to provide adaptive, creative and tailored material to each student, giving them the tools to decide how they learn best.

"By simulating the environment of a traditional office, our students will acquire the accounting knowledge and training in a real setting and mimic the testing environment for the Certified Public Accountant exam," said DSU assistant accounting professor Scott Hanson. "The AILP will transform a field sometimes perceived as boring and static with a dynamic, vibrant and cutting-edge educational package that will be both premier and unique, the first of its kind in the nation."

The Department of Business and Management will launch the AILP program in the fall of 2013 at the DSU main campus in Dickinson, N.D. For more information regarding this program, contact the Department of Business and Management at 701-483-2333 or vist

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