Potential new program for Ted Rogers

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By Nicole Clark

Students may have more options when applying to the Ted Rogers School of Management if a motion for a new program is passed at the Senate meeting on Jan. 26.

The motion for a school of finance and accounting has been put forward by the Academic Governance and Policy Committee, which would create a specialized business degree.

But Liana Salvador, Ryerson Students’ Union vice president of education, is concerned about funding for the proposed school. She said there are more important aspects for student success, like smaller class sizes.

Cameron Marr, a third-year business student, said he would have applied to the proposed program if it existed when he was in high school.

Though he is majoring in finance, Marr said he doesn’t feel fully prepared for the industry.

“Theory-wise, I feel prepared. But if you ask any finance grad, once you get a job, theory is of little use,” he said.

Marr said this program would better prepare students for the job market.

It will allow students to specialize in finance and accounting, and will add more courses to ensure students are prepared for the working world.

Ayse Yuce, chair of finance at Ted Rogers, said the idea came from both students and industry employers who want to hire finance and accounting graduates specifically.

“The industry brought up that there is a big demand for accounting and finance majors, rather than general business degrees.”

“Without a doubt [this program] would help. We need a broader range of finance courses. Many of them were not offered this year, so it really restricted what courses I could take,” said Marr.

Photo: Chelsea Pottage

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