Academic Program Proposal

Academic Program Proposal

Date
Proposal
Activated
Institution
and
Proposal
Degree
Awarded
Academic
Program
Name
Objections
Received
Decision
Deadline
MHEC Final
Action
Final
Decision
Date
3/8/2017Salisbury University
Proposal
UDCFraud & Forensic Accounting5/30/2017
Fraud & Forensic Accounting Program Description
The Certificate (Upper Division) in Fraud and Forensic Accounting has been developed to provide a new marketable skillset to individuals matriculating in undergraduate programs in accounting, business, and other majors that align with the certificate’s professional focus. The proposed certificate is designed to impart on students a unique combination of technical knowledge, technology utilization, communication, and critical thinking skills that prepare them for additional employment opportunities as well as lifelong learning. This certificate will address an unfilled need for programs of this nature, particularly on the Eastern Shore. Graduates of this program will be able to identify the resources for detecting fraud, evaluate the conditions that encourage fraud, and design effective fraud and protection plans; identify, investigate, and litigate fraud and forensic accounting allegations; perform complex fraud analysis via fraud–related software applications; understand and detect fraudulent financial reporting; and integrate business disciplines to perform complex investigative cases demonstrating mastery of skill and knowledge required to be effective forensic professionals. Although this program will not lead to a specific degree, students who complete the program should be equipped to procure jobs in the fraud and forensic science arena, as well as prepare them to sit for the Certified Fraud Examiner credential.