GRADUATES RANK HIGH IN PASSING CPA EXAM
ACC graduates ranked highest among Texas community colleges and eighth among all institutions of higher learning in the state in passing rates on the exam for qualifying as a certified public accountant.
The 18 ACC graduates who took the test from April through June passed 65 percent of the sections they attempted. Lone Star College in the northern Houston metro area ranked second among community colleges, with 63 percent.
“We are very proud of our students and gratified that the ranking reflects the rigor of ACC’s accounting program,” said Charles Quinn, dean of business studies.
The CPA exam has four sections, said ACC spokeswoman Alexis Patterson.
“Candidates may take as many sections as they want during a given testing period. Because of the length and difficulty of the exam, many candidates take only one or two sections at a time,” she said.
McMurry University in Abilene, Sul Ross State University in Alpine and Amberton University in North Texas posted 100 percent passing rates, but only one or two students from each of those schools took the exam.
University of Texas graduates ranked fourth overall, passing 80 percent of the sections they attempted. Texas A&M University ranked fifth at 75 percent.
Among other schools in Central Texas, St. Edward’s University graduates passed 56 percent of the sections they attempted; Texas State University graduates, 52 percent; and Southwestern University, 36 percent.