The Institute for Accounting Excellence (IAE) provides a best-in-class, student-focused accounting education for baccalaureate and graduate-level learners. Focused on teaching excellence supported by research and service, our faculty is committed to preparing our students for accounting careers through the use of engaged learning pedagogical techniques.
From the Director, Dr. Lynn H. Clements
It is a pleasure to serve as the director of the The Institute for Accounting Excellence, an integral part of the top ranked Florida Southern College and the AACSB accredited Barney Barnett School of Business and Free Enterprise. Some of the components of our Institute have been operating for a long time, some of them are new, and some are emerging. With the valuable help and oversight of the IAE Advisory Board, I will strive to lead the IAE and each of its component parts into a new level of excellence.
Master of Accountancy (MAcc)
The MAcc program prepares a student for CPA licensure and an accomplished career in the thriving accounting profession. It is a 16-month program of 20-25 students who meet one Saturday per month. Upon graduation, students will have completed all necessary academic preparations for CPA licensure. A student who desires to be licensed as a CPA in the state of Florida will also need to pass the CPA exam and complete one year of supervised experience.
Continuing Professional Education for CPAs
The Florida Southern College CPE program has been operating for over 25 years. Currently, the CPE program consists of six (6) eight-hour days of live instruction on the Lakeland Campus each year, and a variety of short online courses.
The Journal of Accounting and Free Enterprise (JAFE)
The Journal of Accounting and Free Enterprise is listed in Cabell’s journal directory and has a 20-25% acceptance rate. JAFE was created in 2014 to provide an outlet for high-quality research articles in the field of accounting and free enterprise. The mission of the Journal of Accounting and Free Enterprise (JAFE) is to publish research articles that address important issues in accounting as they relate to free enterprise in the following areas: financial accounting, forensic accounting, income taxation, management accounting, accounting information systems, auditing, the public interest, and the development of accounting thought as to policies and institutions.
The first annual Fraud Conference was held May 11, 2016, in the Jenkins Field House on the campus of Florida Southern College. The keynote speaker was Harry Markopolus, one of the three men who blew the whistle to the SEC on the Bernie Madoff fraud scam. Other outstanding speakers who added value to the program included Brian Callahan ’92, a whistleblower from the Taylor, Bean & Whitaker-Colonial Bank fraud scheme; James Rothe, Supervisory Special Agent in the Complex Crimes Unit of the Federal Bureau of Investigation; and Stephen Menge, Economic Crimes Investigator in the Office of the State Attorney of Florida’s 10th Judicial Circuit.