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California State University, Sacramento

Posted: May 16, 2000

New CSUS Program Melds Accounting, MIS

A new program to educate accountants with a strong grasp of computer technology kicks off this fall at California State University, Sacramento.

The accounting information systems concentration, which combines courses in accounting and management information systems, was developed with input from more than 100 local businesses.

"They were overwhelmingly in favor of the program," says Eugene Sauls, chair of the accountancy department. "That convinced us that we have a winner."

"The way we are doing business is changing dramatically," says Karen Manor of the state Department of Agriculture. "With auditing, we need individuals who have skills in both areas in order to successfully audit the network systems."

Until now, companies seeking to fill these combination positions would train accountants, through extra courses, as information technicians, Sauls says. The CSUS program will allow accounting students to take specific MIS courses as part of their normal course of study.

The program will address several topics pertaining to the accounting and MIS departments of a company. Students will learn how to develop information technology systems with internal accounting controls and how to audit the performance and effectiveness of those systems. They will also learn how to evaluate and replace existing IT systems.

More information is available by calling (916) 278-6156.


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