Teaching the Language of Business
“UE students gain a unique perspective through a strong professional education rooted in the liberal arts.”
Ben Johnson, CPA
Assistant Professor of Accounting
According to Professor Ben Johnson, students who study accounting at the University of Evansville have an advantage over the competition when entering the job market. “UE students gain a unique perspective through a strong professional education rooted in the liberal arts,” he says. “I challenge them to actually think by introducing them to engaging case-studies and scenarios they would encounter in the field.”
Accounting students also have the opportunity to work closely with executives from local businesses. They examine situations for large publicly traded companies in the Evansville community, including Vectren, Shoe Carnival, and Old National Bank. “Immersion into real situations helps to develop what I like to call ‘professional problem solving muscles’ and goes much further in the job market than simply being able to regurgitate mathematical formulas from a textbook.”
Johnson says it is this type of thorough, well-rounded thinking that grabs employers’ attention. “I’ve heard employers say time after time that our kids come up with creative ways to solve their problems,” he notes. “Professionals are always eager to work with UE students and graduates.”
It is no surprise, then, that UE accounting graduates have a consistent 100 percent job placement rate and are often hired by major national firms, including Deloitte, PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), Ernst & Young, and KPMG. Furthermore, students electing to pursue a graduate degree are regularly placed at the top accounting schools in the country, including the top two for graduate accounting programs: the University of Texas at Austin and the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign.
In addition to the hard work of faculty and the overall caliber of the students at UE, Johnson also credits graduate success to a strong and active alumni network. “I’m always impressed by our alumni and their willingness to mentor fellow Aces,” he says. “One alumnus in New York City reached out to Suhrob Muratov, an accounting student, and helped him land an internship with PwC which immediately turned into a job offer a year before his graduation date.”
These consistent proven results, paired with national rankings and unique program features, helped distinguish UE’s accounting and finance program as the number one degree program in the nation among small colleges.
As a UE alumnus himself, Johnson appreciates the unique educational journey of this institution. “I really enjoyed my time as a student here, and I strive to provide future generations with meaningful experiences like I had,” he says. “Like my colleagues, I’m here as a mentor for current and future endeavors and can’t wait to see what our students achieve.”