Dual credit accounting program links Kansas high schools and Emporia State University


Emporia State University is now the second Regents university in the state to integrate the Accounting Pilot and Bridge Program into its curriculum. This program, developed by Kansas State University, is designed to encourage high school students to consider a degree in accounting and shed light on potential careers. 

Dr. George Durler, professor of accounting at the School of Business, was instrumental in bringing the opportunity to Emporia State. 

“This project provides the means for high schools to offer a meaningful course beyond the accounting mechanics course typically available and for participating students to earn college credit,” Durler said. “This is a significant step in encouraging some of the best high school students to consider one of the most respected professions in business for their future career.” 

This program not only allows future students to explore the field of accounting before entering college, but also gives them the opportunity to receive three hours of college credit at essentially no charge. 

“Our faculty at the School of Business are continually finding ways to open more doors for both our current and potential students. We are very excited about this opportunity,” said Dr. Kristie Ogilvie, dean. “The bridge project allows students to get a head start on earning college credits while still in high school and encourages them to learn about a career path with many successful possibilities.” 

“This dual credit program offers a great opportunity for high school students to get a head start on college-level accounting study,” said Dr. David Cordle, ESU provost and vice president for academic affairs. “In addition to the benefits to the students themselves, the program has real potential for positive impact on our state and its workforce.”