McKenna School Grads Excel on CPA Exam

by Public Relations | Jun 22, 2017

June 21, 2017

Recent accounting graduates of the Saint Vincent College Alex G. McKenna School of Business, Economics and Government who took the Certified Public Accounting Examination in 2016 ranked 21st in the United States, according to a report on candidate performance published by the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA).

“We proudly congratulate our McKenna School graduates for their impressive scores on the CPA exam,” commented Dr. Gary M. Quinlivan, dean of the McKenna School. “Compared to graduates of 858 colleges and universities, our 17 graduates who took the exam ranked number 21 in the United States with a pass rate of 79.4 percent. Saint Vincent College placed ahead of Duke University, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, University of Michigan, Harvard University, Yale, New York University, Columbia University, University of Rochester, Stanford University, University of California at Berkeley, University of California at Los Angeles and many others.”

“Saint Vincent College McKenna School grads ranked second in Pennsylvania, placing ahead of Lehigh University, Penn State University, University of Pittsburgh, Carnegie Mellon University, University of Pennsylvania, Robert Morris University, Duquesne University, Grove City College, Gettysburg, Washington and Jefferson and Bucknell University,” Quinlivan noted. “Our graduates performed better than every university in New York, Maryland, West Virginia and Ohio. And only the University of Virginia, Boston College and University of Notre Dame University ranked ahead of us in their respective states.”

Quinlivan credited the McKenna School faculty and students for their commitment to educational quality. “The CPA pass rate rankings serve as a testimony to the teaching excellence and academic guidance of our accounting professors, Dr. Robert DePasquale, Dr. Charles Fazzi, professor Thomas Holowaty, adjunct professor of auditing Jeffrey Anzovino, adjunct professor Eva Kunkel, adjunct professor of forensic auditing Anthony Mucha and adjunct professor Thurman Wingrove,” he said.  “In addition, I want to thank the McKenna School professors in finance, marketing and management who incorporate advanced accounting applications in their lectures.”

NASBA began gathering data on CPA examination candidates in 1982 and has published reports on performance and selected characteristics since 1985. This year’s report covers candidate performance for the uniform CPA examination for all four testing windows in the calendar year 2016. NASBA produces the report through the voluntary participation of candidates and their individual boards of accountancy and the cooperation of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) which prepares and scores the examination for the 55 U.S. jurisdictions.

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