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Accounting Writing Program

Many of your assignments for required classes will have a writing component. This component will count for a percentage of your grade for each assignment.

The Department of Accounting expects that you will graduate from this program with the ability to express yourself clearly, concisely, and grammatically in writing. Recruiters expect that UI graduates will have competitive writing skills.

John Deere

Deere & Company contributed funds to establish the writing program in the Department of Accounting over 11 years ago. This support has been integral in the recognition of the writing program as a “best practice” in management and accounting education by the American Association of Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) accreditation team in the last two accreditation reviews (2002 and 2009).

Recognition for AACSB “best practice” status means that the Department of Accounting Writing Program demonstrates national leadership in providing accounting students the opportunity to establish professional written communication skills. Grants from Deere & Company have enabled the writing program to sustain the high-quality continuous improvement necessary to maintaining its national reputation.

Writing consultants for the accounting department are available to consult with you one-on-one to help you develop your writing skills. Come to office hours or schedule your own appointment. You are welcome to bring rough drafts and resumes for discussion. We can also review any grammatical or usage questions you may have.

For more information or for in-person help with your writing assignments, please contact Pamela Bourjaily, writing program coordinator.

About Your Writing Assessment

All writing assignments are assessed using the department’s skills checklist. These skills fall into micro skills (mechanical skills and correct English) and macro skills (clarity and style).

Assessments of writing assignments will fall into one of four categories:

  • Superior
  • Acceptable
  • Needs Improvement
  • Unacceptable

Acceptable papers will have few, if any, errors in mechanics, correct English, or clarity. The difference between a Superior paper and an Acceptable one is usually style—does the paper use active voice? Does it include varied word choices and sentence structure? Is it free of wordiness and repetitiveness? Does it include graceful transitions and a strong introduction and conclusion? Papers that are graded Needs Improvement will most likely have both micro and macro level errors. Unacceptable papers will have significant numbers of both macro and micro errors.

About This Website

This site is designed to assist the university’s accounting students with their writing skills. To use this site, click on one of the links on the left side of this screen.

This site has been developed by the University of Iowa’s Department of Accounting Writing Program, with the generous support of Deere & Company.