Apr 27, 2012    #063
Contact: Wandra Brooks Green

Bloch accounting program ranked among Top 5 in Nation for CPA pass rate

Announcement adds to impressive string of rankings

The University of Missouri-Kansas City Henry W. Bloch School of Management again has received a top national ranking for one of its programs. The Bloch School accounting program CPA pass rate has been ranked among the top 5 in the nation in the category of medium-size programs by the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy CPA Candidate Performance Book. UMKC has a pass rate of 73.2 percent and an average score of 77.8.

CPA exam candidates report their academic affiliation when taking the exam, allowing NASBA to accumulate yearly statistics on candidate performance on the Uniform CPA Examination, and the reported success rate is determined from these pieces of information.

"The Bloch School's success can be attributed to the fact we constantly remind and prepare our students for specific content areas of the CPA exam," said Georgia Smedley, Ph.D., accounting department chair. "The exam represents the level of excellence required of all successful accountants and at the Bloch School we instill all of our accounting students with the professional skills and mindset required to be successful."

This ranking is the latest of many achievements by the Bloch School in the past year, including:

Nonprofit management focus in the Master of Public Administration program is ranked No. 15 in the nation by U.S. News & World Report.

Bloch has broken ground on a new one-of-a-kind building to house graduate, executive and entrepreneurship programs.

The Bloch School's Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation (IEI) entrepreneurship MBA emphasis is recognized as the 2012 National Model Graduate Entrepreneurship Program by the United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (USASBE).

Driven by research productivity in the Henry W. Bloch School of Management's Department for Global Entrepreneurship and Innovation and the Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, UMKC was ranked No. 1 in the world for innovation management.

Bloch undergraduate and graduate entrepreneurship programs are both ranked among the top 25 in the nation by Princeton Review (one of only 11 programs in the nation to have both programs ranked.)

About UMKC

The University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC), one of four University of Missouri campuses, is a public university serving more than 15,000 undergraduate, graduate and professional students. UMKC engages with the community and economy based on a four-part mission: life and health sciences; visual and performing arts; urban issues and education; and a vibrant learning and campus life experience. For more information about UMKC, visit You can also find us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and watch us on YouTube.


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