Business & Accounting department awarded grant

February 19, 2003

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PLATTEVILLE - The University of Wisconsin-Platteville Business and Accounting Department was recently awarded a grant for a new and innovative project, "Improving Academic Success in Introductory Accounting: A Technology-Enhanced Approach."

The program proposal, submitted by Business and Accounting Chair Margaret Karsten and Professor Steven Becker, is based on a Brigham Young University accounting principles course taught by using compact discs. Course material is presented in a video lecture format and includes graphics displays, sample problems, homework assignments and solutions.

According to research by Karsten and Becker, the Brigham Young program has significantly improved the success rate of students enrolled in the accounting principles course and has increased the number of students majoring in accounting.

The UW-Platteville Foundation Opportunity Fund, which awarded nearly $45,000 for 15 grants this year, provided partial funding; the Accounting Development Fund provided other funding.

The project will be evaluated on the percent of students who pass a UWP financial accounting class with a grade of C or better in the experimental section, compared to the percent who achieve the same success in the traditionally taught sections.

Anticipated benefits of the project include improvement in the student success rate in the financial accounting course, savings in textbook costs and a possible increase in accounting major students.

The UW-Platteville Foundation initiated the fund program in 1998-99, and the total number of grants thus far is 86, with a total monetary value of $411,000.

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