The students in Concordias
Diploma in Accountancy program outdid themselves in this years UFEs
(uniform final exams).
They achieved an overall pass rate on the gruelling chartered accountancy
tests of 90.5 per cent, compared to 70.8 per cent for Quebec and 67.6
per cent for Canada as a whole. When applied only to first-time Concordia
writers of the UFE, that pass rate was a whopping 94.5 per cent.
The exams are written over several days in the fall by aspiring chartered
accountants. Starting in 1992, Concordia pulled way ahead of the pack
by tailoring its graduate diploma program specifically to UFE writers.
The results were spectacular.
Meanwhile, Quebec as a whole was posting dismal rates compared to candidates
outside the province. (The exams are set by the Canadian Institute of
Chartered Accountants.) The Ordre des Comptables Agrées du Québec,
together with the Quebec universities, revised the curriculum, with the
result that Quebecs results have improved dramatically.
The top 20 students across Canada included seven Quebecers this year,
and we are especially proud of two outstanding Concordia graduates: Sonya
Branco, placed first in Quebec and second in Canada, and Nadine Ricard,
who was third in Quebec and sixth in Canada.
Both were Co-op students, alternating their undergraduate studies at Concordia
with terms of work. They graduated in the summer of 1998, and both now
work in Montreal at PriceWaterhouseCooper. Were very proud
of them, said Louise Lalonde, of the Institute for Co-operative