Eastern Kentucky University’s School of Business is the latest institution to be endorsed under IMA’s Higher Education Endorsement Program, which recognizes accounting programs that meet high educational standards, enabling students to pursue and earn the CMA® (Certified Management Accountant) certification. 

“Endorsement by IMA is a great achievement for our accounting program. It affirms the quality of our curriculum, in terms of both content and rigor, benefitting our students in their future careers and the organizations where they will work,” said Dr. Trish Isaacs, EKU School of Business associate dean and professor. “IMA’s endorsement of our BBA in Accounting is particularly meaningful given IMA’s status and leadership as an international professional organization. This endorsement helps us further distinguish EKU’s accounting program.”

EKU first became interested in the program thanks to the initiative of Isaacs, who, not incidentally, is a former professor of Ginger White, CMA, CSCA, IMA Chair-Emeritus. “Ginger had encouraged me to become a member of IMA’s Committee on Academic Relations, where I served for two terms,” Isaacs explains. Among her responsibilities as part of that committee was to review applications for the Endorsement program. “After reviewing all those applications, I decided that this was something EKU should apply for, too.”

To qualify for endorsement under the IMA® (Institute of Management Accountants) program, schools must meet the following criteria:

  • The program must substantially cover the CMA exam content
  • The program must have adequate faculty resources to deliver this content 
  • The program must be accredited by a recognized accreditation organization (e.g., AACSB, ACBSP, EQUIS, etc.)
  • A faculty member should be an IMA Campus Advocate. At EKU, the IMA Campus Advocate is faculty member Dr. J. P. Stearns, assistant professor of accounting.

EKU’s School of Business is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International (AACSB), and its BBA in Accounting offers a management accounting concentration and a public accounting concentration. The public announcement of the IMA endorsement took place at the annual Meet the Firms event on September 19, 2019, at the EKU Business and Technology Center. Pictured below at that ceremony are (on left): Dr. Thomas L. Erekson, dean of the School of Business; and Dr. Oliver Feltus, chair of the accounting department.

Newly Endorsed School: Eastern Kentucky University 

 A commemorative cookie to celebrate the Endorsement
 A commemorative cookie to celebrate the Endorsement.

“IMA is pleased to welcome Eastern Kentucky University to the growing list of schools that support the CMA exam program and have achieved a consistent standard of excellence,” said Raef Lawson, Ph.D., CMA, CPA, CFP, CFA, IMA vice president of research and professor-in-residence. “High-quality, up-to-date educational programs that support the current needs of businesses will help future professional management accountants accomplish their career objectives and meet the competency expectations of employers.”

Find out more about EKU’s Accounting program at https://accounting.eku.edu.