Accounting Newsletter Spring 2014

View the 2014 Spring Accounting Newsletter, with Accounting News regarding Faculty, The MPAcc, and other department news.

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Hybrid Course Leads to Student Success

Randy Hoffman, accounting


Randy Hoffman, lecturer in accounting, has taken a nontraditional approach to course redesign and the results are clear: students enrolled in his hybrid course in managerial accounting are working harder and learning more. The course pass rate has increased from 57 to 80 percent.

Hybrid Course Leads to Student Success

In an effort to increase the passing rate for a business course needed by all business administration majors, lecturer Randy Hoffman took a nontraditional approach to course redesign.

In addition to meeting two days a week for discussions and small group work, students in Accounting 201B, “Managerial Accounting,” now ‘attend’ lectures and exercises online. The resulting hybrid course — first offered as a pilot in fall 2011 and subsequently expanded to include 95 percent of all students taking the course — went from a pass rate of 57 percent to 80 percent.

That’s a very successful model when you are offering 10-12 sections of a class and reaching more than 500 students each semester.

“The basic traditional lecture and today’s students just don’t mix,” said Hoffman, a certified public accountant who has been teaching at Cal State Fullerton since 2008 and has three-college-aged children of his own. “They need more active participation, so we took the lecture out of the classroom and made it a video online with closed captioning.

“With online assignments spread throughout a week, students are now looking at the online material four, sometimes five, times a week, which helps them retain the material,” Hoffman explained.

Also online are support materials, lecture notes and transcripts of the lectures. He converts his power points and can tailor the pages to meet the needs of the class.

“What really hit home was when I put the homework online, then I could see how the students are working — and when,” Hoffman added.

It gives students the opportunity to learn in their own way, said Hoffman, who says he has seen students do more work than they did in courses before instituting the changes.

When students do meet in the class, there’s lots of questions and lots of participation. “I also take attendance every time we meet — and I deduct points if they are not there. Taking attendance has helped a lot. It introduces accountability. Last semester, 75 percent of the students never missed a class.”

Hoffman gives credit to Betty Chavis, chair and professor of accounting, in helping to make the hybrid a reality. “It took a lot of courage for her to let me try this. Failure was not an option,” he said. “In addition, we are committed to continuous improvement. Each semester we are consciously looking to improve the course and increase pass rate.”

The prerequisite to “Managerial Accounting,” ACCT 201A “Financial Accounting,” implemented a similar format at the same time under the direction of Glen Hatton and has experienced similar results.

“The nontraditional format works — it works well. I don’t get to know the students as well (as in the traditional format), but I’m having a bigger impact,” said Hoffman. “I’m more confident that when the class is done, they know the subject.”

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Outstanding Accounting Faculty and Students are Honored at the 2014 Awards Banquet

Outstanding Accounting Faculty and Students are Honored at the 2014 Awards Banquet. The event took place:

Date: May 1st, 2014
Time: 7pm – 9pm
Attire: Business Professional
Location: Double Tree Santa Ana
201 E MacArthur Blvd.
Santa Ana, CA 92707

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Upcoming CPA Information Session

Do you need any information about the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) examination?
Click here to read more about the CPA exam.

For the upcoming information session, view the flyer below:
Upcoming Info Session 03/26/2014

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Spring 2014 Meet the Firms

CSUF Accounting Society & Beta Alpha Psi cordially invite you to attend the
SPRING 2014 MEET THE FIRMS. We are excited to bring you the most important
networking event of the semester for students and professionals from the accounting community.

Date: February 20th, 2014
Time: Reception 6pm – 7pm; Event 7pm – 10pm
Attire: Business Professional
Contacts: Antoneitte Ramirez, Chyntia Devi, Anthony Webb meetthefirms@csufas.org
Remark: Please RSVP by 5:00 pm, Thursday, Feb. 13th, 2014.

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Event – CPA Exam Info Session

The Accounting Department is having an information session regarding the Certified Public Accountant Exam, and all Mihaylo students are welcome to attend. Come learn more about the exam and gain some tools for how to succeed!

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Free Tax Filing

VITA is a program sponsored by the IRS offering income tax preparation for
families with income less than $58,000 for FREE.

Free tax filing starts from Jan 31 to Apr 12.

Day/ Time: 
Thursday 7:00-9:30pm
Friday 9:00am-1:30pm
Saturday 9:00am-1:30pm
(We are closed on Feb 1, Apr 3, 4 & 5)

Location: SGMH 2113

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Spring 2014 Graduate Student Mixer

Welcomes all Graduate Students enrolled in
-MS Accountancy
-MS Taxation
-MBA with a concentration in Accounting programs 

Please join us for the Spring 2014 Graduate Student Mixer:
When: Tuesday, February 4, 2014
               4:00 pm – 6:30 pm
Where: SGMH 3230 and 3rd Floor Terrance

Please RSVP by emailing: accountingdept@fullerton.edu 
or by calling (657) 278-2225

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CPA Exam and Licensure Information

CPA Exam and Licensure Information

The Department of Accounting will be hosting an
information session regarding the CPA Exam 150 hour
requirement. All students are welcome!
*NO RSVP is necessary*
Thursday November 21st, 2013

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Meet The Firms

CSUF Accounting Society & Beta Alpha Psi cordially invite you to attend the Fall 2013 Meet the Firms event.  We are excited to bring you the most important networking event of the semester for students and professionals from the accounting community.

Date:  Thursday, September 26, 2013
Time: 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Location: Double Tree, Santa Ana

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To Register

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