Student retention and appropriate academic preparation of graduates are two areas of concern for many universities. Accounting programs are faced with the challenge of attracting high quality students and then retaining these students to graduation.

The purpose of this paper is to describe a Business Freshman Year Experience course designed to provide students with the opportunity to interact with professors and professionals in
their intended field of study and to integrate them into the university and into their major very early in their experience. Students write a series of essays about topics presented in the course. For the final essay, students are asked to indicate what they learned in the course and how their perspectives on majoring in a business discipline have changed. Results of analysis of these final essays are presented.

This article is from the Accounting Instructors’ Report, an electronic journal that provides teaching tips and insights to those who teach accounting and other business courses.

Marsha Weber, Ph.D., School of Business, Minnesota State University Moorhead
Mary Stone, Ph.D., School of Business, Minnesota State University Moorhead
Sheri L. Erickson, Ph.D. (Corresponding author), School of Business, Minnesota State University Moorhead


Read Accounting Students and the First Year Experience Course.