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Unprecedented. Challenging. Unusual.

Aaron Crabree

Over the past year, we filled a bingo card on how to describe our shared experience going through this pandemic. If there’s a silver lining to be found, it’s how at the School of Accountancy (SOA), we turned a year to remember for so many negative reasons into a landmark year.

Our faculty were named among the world’s best in the latest BYU Accounting Research Productivity Ranking. Ranked No. 5 worldwide for archival tax and No. 6 worldwide for archival audit research, Nebraska earned that recognition based on the total research output of the school’s faculty in the top 12 peer-reviewed accounting journals.

In February, the College of Business and SOA participated in a virtual Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) Continuous Improvement Review (CIR). AACSB standards are used to evaluate a business school’s mission, operations, faculty qualifications and contributions, programs and other critical areas. Selected as part of a pilot group of 20 business schools, we adopted the new AACSB standards and met with the review team. AACSB recently notified us that the school and the college earned reaccreditation for the next five years.

Our most recent graduates increased our CPA exam pass rate (View Rates) as well. This is another way our students lead the future of business as we grow them into top talent for employers.

Based on employer feedback, we launched a new required class that merges the worlds of business and theater to prepare accounting students to communicate effectively in the workplace, even during the most unpredictable situations (Read Story). After its first two semesters, we’re seeing positive results in further developing this important soft skill in our students.

Furthermore, accounting is a service business, and we have to understand that we need to help our clients regardless of what we may have or not have in common. At Nebraska, we believe in the power of every person, so I was happy to work with a group of students to form a UNL chapter of the National Association of Black Accountants (Read Story). This organization helps build a sense of belonging and provides a place where students can help each other succeed.

It is because of people like you and your continued support and engagement that we are able to do big things. After seven years serving as the school’s director, I will take on a new role at the college as associate dean for graduate programs and executive education in July. It has been an honor working to advance your alma mater as a leader in accounting education. I look forward to seeing you in the future in my new role.

Go Big Red!

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Aaron Crabtree
Director of the School of Accountancy

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50 Years of Giving Back

Jeff Curtiss

Jeffrey Curtiss, ’70 & ’71, began his journey in business learning the nuances of accounting while as an undergraduate student at the College of Business. He recognized the part his education played in his career success and started giving back to his alma mater after receiving his juris doctorate from Nebraska College of Law the following year.

“It seemed natural to me to give back to the institution that helped me achieve the success I had,” said Curtiss, who believes the combination of a business and law degree differentiated him from other graduates and presented him opportunities he otherwise would not have received. “My first gift to the university was in 1972 after I joined the Lincoln law firm of Nelson, Harding, Marchette, Leonard and Tate.”

A family lineage of Nebraska graduates and Husker pride also played a part in his decision to support his alma mater nearly 50 years ago. More than 100 years ago his grandfather, Herbert, received a juris doctorate from Nebraska in 1915. Over the years, his father, sister, son, uncles, cousins and nephew all graduated from Nebraska.

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Roger and Jeri Smith Invest in Students

Smith Family

Growing up in Omaha, Roger heard adults discuss accounting as a lucrative and interesting profession. He enjoyed working with numbers and excelled in a bookkeeping course at Omaha Central High School. Looking to his future, scholarships enabled him to attend the College of Business, where he learned the values of flexibility and working with others with varied backgrounds and strengths.

“Every person contributes more effectively when they feel valued in the larger organization,” he said.

Mentors and the overall culture at the College of Business continued to guide Roger. His cost accounting professor, Dr. Laverne Cox, employed humor and encouraged students to enjoy themselves in and out of class. “A good lesson for life,” Roger recalled.

“After I began my first job, I realized what a great education I received from the College of Business,” he said. “The environment and Nebraska culture helped form my personality, which enabled me to succeed not just on education and skill but also a Midwestern sense of values and ability to distinguish right from wrong.”
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School of Accountancy Class Notes

Class Notes celebrate the milestones of our alumni during the past year, including promotions, awards, accomplishments, moves and more. These updates were submitted for the Nebraska Ledger directly by the alumni themselves or compiled from news clippings and corporate media releases. See where your colleagues are now.

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Building a Sense of Belonging Through
National Association of Black Accountants

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Customize Your Gift to the School of Accountancy

During this uncertain time, be assured the School of Accountancy continues to fulfill our mission of inspiring lifetime learning at the leading edge of accounting education and research. Due to the resiliency of our students and faculty, we quickly adapted to and embraced new ways to teach, learn and conduct business. We appreciate the strong support and outreach from our SOA alumni and friends in helping us meet these challenges and prepare for the future.

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THANK YOU! School of Accountancy Donors

Accounting Faculty Among Best In Research Output

BYU Accounting Research Productivity Ranking

Nebraska's School of Accountancy is No. 2 in Big Ten in the latest ranking, placing it in the top 15 percent for faculty research among over 600 national and international institutions measured. Nebraska earned the recognition based on the total research output of the school's faculty in the top 12 peer-reviewed accounting journals. The rankings are broken down into three distinct time periods—the past six years, the past 12 years and all publications since 1990—so that each year’s ranking builds on the previous year’s number.

Dr. Tom Omer Ranked #1 (tied) Research Producer in the World
by BYU Accounting Research Productivity Ranking (May 4, 2021)


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Post-Graduation Career Outcomes


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Crabtree, Aaron D
Associate Dean of Master's Programs and Executive Development, KPMG Faculty Fellow in Professional Accounting and Associate Professor of Accountancy
HLH 301 F
P.O. Box 880405
Lincoln, NE 68588-0405