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UNC’s Accounting Department Moves to Top in State and Global Rankings

March 21, 2022

The Accounting and Computer Information Systems (CIS) Department at the University of Northern Colorado’s Monfort College of Business (MCB) has been ranked as the number one program in the world for experimental research in Accounting Information Systems (AIS). The top recognition, from among more than 630 universities measured, comes from the annual Brigham Young University Accounting rankings. 

AIS research examines the intersection of accounting, technology and analytics. AIS has become one of the fastest growing and most important segments of the accountingJake Rose profession.

“The research rankings demonstrate the recent efforts by MCB to create a leading program in accounting where we emphasize understanding and addressing the greatest challenges to the profession today,” Chair of the Department of Accounting and  CIS Jake Rose, Ph.D. said.

The table below shows the latest research rankings for accounting at MCB:

Monfort School of Business Rank by Research Area

Worldwide Ranking

Colorado Ranking

Accounting Information Systems



Experimental Accounting Information Systems



Experimental (all areas)



Experimental Audit



Experimental Financial



The MCB Accounting department also ranked highly in several other research categories critical to the future of the accounting profession, including scoring the top in the state in financial and audit experimental research. The acknowledgment comes as faculty in the MCB Accounting and CIS department are developing a program with a new emphasis on accounting systems and technology analytics, exposing UNC students to the most current and relevant topics in the profession today. 

“We are all excited to be able to help businesses succeed by better understanding how technology and analytics change business practices and decision-making. And we strive to bring the current knowledge created by our research into the classroom to educate our students about these innovative topics,” Rose said. 

The BYU Accounting Research Ranking system evaluates the research quality of all accounting programs throughout the world. The ranking system objectively compares every accounting program by examining publications in 12 of the highest impact accounting journals. The BYU system evaluates all articles published by accounting researchers every year and updates the rankings to reflect publications from all accounting programs. 

Accounting Department Support

Along with being the Accounting Chair, Rose was recently named the Allen McConnell Distinguished Chair. The Chair was established in 2009 in recognition of former UNC professor Allen McConnell. In 2019, a matching campaign was launched with the goal of raising $400,000 to grow the chair to more than $1 million. The goal was surpassed at the start of 2022. 

The Allen McConnell Endowed Chair in Accounting provides enormous support for the recruitment and retention of high caliber faculty for the Accounting Department in the Monfort School of Business. This endowment is vital to the future success of the UNC Accounting Department as it helps recruit and retain top faculty members like, Jake Rose. 


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