The USC Leventhal School of Accounting has been consistently recognized among the best in the world because of its dedicated and talented people. The USC Leventhal family — award-winning faculty, students committed to making a difference in the profession and the world, and alumni who are lifelong friends of the university — positions the school to lead the way in accounting education.
Educating the next generation of accountants and shaping the future of the profession are profound responsibilities. The USC Leventhal family is dedicated to providing future leaders in accounting with an elite education that goes beyond technical knowledge and emphasizes critical thinking, communication and, especially, ethics, and to pursuing cutting-edge research that is valuable to academics, practitioners and policymakers.
Together, we are achieving great things. Here are just a few examples of the Leventhal family working for a better future.
Students in the Community and Around the World
As a first-generation college student at Cerritos College, Axel Fuentes Gutierrez ’20 never dreamed about going to USC. Gutierrez is one of many students whose lives were changed by the Leventhal Leadership Program. LLP is a seminar program that takes an individualized approach to helping first-generation students make the transition from community college to USC.
Tax season is a busy time for Leventhal students. USC VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance), a student-run organization that provides pro bono tax assistance to families and students with moderate to low incomes in the Central Los Angeles community, prepares more than 1,000 returns each year, logging over 2,000 volunteer hours.
Leventhal students consistently place well in national case competitions. Two teams of Leventhal MBT students participated last fall in the annual Deloitte FanTAXtic case competition, and Team A took second place. USC Leventhal was the national winner in the 2017 competition, which featured 60 teams from 43 schools.
Accounting Circle Professor of Accounting and Professor of Accounting Richard Sloan is an esteemed scholar who has received five awards from the American Accounting Association for seminal, distinguished and notable contributions to the accounting literature, and, most recently, a lifetime achievement award from the Financial Accounting and Reporting Section. He is a thought leader whose research is taking him in several exciting directions as he explores resource allocation in capital markets. His first year on campus, his MAcc students honored him with a Diamond Teaching Award.
Robert R. Dockson Professor of Business Administration and Professor of Accounting Patricia Dechow is one of the leading accounting researchers in the nation and ranks among the most highly cited authors. She has earned two Distinguished Contributions to Accounting Literature Awards from the American Accounting Association and was the recipient of the 2019 Seminal Contributions to Accounting Literature Award from the American Accounting Association for her article, “Accounting Earnings and Cash Flows as Measures of Firm Performance: The Role of Accounting Accruals,” published in the Journal of Accounting and Economics in July 1994.
USC Accounting Associates Professor of Accounting Clive Lennox and his co-author, Xi Wu of the Central University of Finance and Economics, China, are the recipients of the 2019 Accounting Horizons Best Paper Award from the American Accounting Association for their article, “A Review of the Archival Literature on Audit Partners.” Lennox is widely recognized as one of the world’s leading auditing scholars. But he’s also great in the classroom; he was most recently honored by his MAcc students with a Diamond Teaching Award for his Advanced Financial Statement Auditing Topics course.
The first graduates of the MAcc D+A (Master of Accounting with Data and Analytics) walked at Commencement in 2019. The MAcc D+A delivers a firm foundation in accounting, audit and financial reporting with a focus on data and analytics and the enabling of IT capabilities. This program represents a collaboration between the USC Leventhal School of Accounting and the Data Sciences and Operations Department of the USC Marshall School of Business. More than anything else, we want to teach our students to react to quick and constant change in varied environments and to thoughtfully develop solutions in the world of business, accounting, auditing and data analysis in order to be the leaders of the next generation.
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The new Risk Management Program grew out of a partnership between Marshall and the Southern California insurance and risk community. The program’s priorities are twofold: to design a curriculum that equips students with the skills and tools to take on the challenges and opportunities of managing risk in a digital and networked economy, and to introduce students to professional development opportunities in risk management through networking, mentorships and internships. Currently, students can earn a minor in this area of study and position themselves to secure a career in a field where 400,000 positions are expected to be open by 2020.
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