KSU accounting course to address corporate financial reporting scandals

Graduate business students at the Coles College of Business at Kennesaw State University will have…

Georgia (Aug 13, 2002) — KSU accounting course to address corporate financial reporting scandals



Graduate business students at the Coles College of Business at Kennesaw State University will have a unique opportunity to learn from recent corporate accounting scandals. Starting with the fall semester‚ each student in the "Theory of Business Reporting" course will develop a portfolio on one of the all−too−familiar companies whose accounting and financial reporting practices have been called into question. Enron‚ Global Crossing‚ WorldCom‚ Qwest‚ Adelphia and AOL Time Warner are among the companies that will be analyzed.

"It is easy to assume that all of the issues are essentially the same‚ however‚ that is not the case‚" says Professor John P. McAllister‚ who chairs the Accounting Department at the Coles College. "It is only through the painstaking development of a deep understanding of a company that the current situation can be appropriately considered."

The students will document the history of each company‚ the nature of its business‚ the background of officers and board members‚ the behavior of its stock price in recent years‚ and key financial information.

Students enrolled in "Theory of Business Reporting" course (Accounting 8100) will be working towards either the Master of Accounting or Career Growth MBA degree. The fall semester gets underway August 24.

For more information about the course‚ or for perspective on the accounting scandals‚ contact Professor McAllister at 770−423−6084 or John_McAllister@coles2.kennesaw.edu. McAllister's opinions regarding recent financial reporting scandals have received international exposure through interviews on CNN and Voice of America‚ as well as commentaries in BusinessWeek and Fortune magazine.

To learn more about KSU's Master's of Accounting or Career Growth MBA‚ contact graduate program director Harry Lasher at 770−423−6041 or hlasher@coles2.kennesaw.edu.


Kennesaw State University‚ a progressive‚ comprehensive institution with a growing student population of 14‚100‚ offers 55 degree programs. Out of 34 institutions‚ KSU is the sixth largest in the University System of Georgia.


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