FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Date: December 14, 2000

Contact: Donna McCracken (217) 206-6716

UIS student ranks nationally on CPA exam

SPRINGFIELD -- Another University of Illinois at Springfield accountancy major has earned an EXCEL award for his performance on the May 2000 certified public accountant (CPA) exam. Nationally, this prestigious award is earned by only 120 of the approximately 65,000 people who sit for each of these semi-annual exams.

Brian L. Stocker was recognized for his achievement by the Illinois Society of CPAs at its recognition dinner, held November 8 in Chicago.

Stocker received a bachelor’s degree in political science from Blackburn College in Carlinville. He also holds a juris doctor degree from Washington University in St. Louis. Before sitting for the CPA exam, he completed all of his accounting courses at UIS. Stocker is currently an attorney for the Illinois Department of Revenue in Springfield.

UIS accountancy students have now earned eleven EXCEL awards in the past nine years, one for every 30 first-time CPA exam candidates. This is more than six times the national rate of one award per 192 first-time candidates. The EXCEL award is granted to Illinois candidates who receive a minimum score of 80 on all sections of the CPA exam and who finish within the top 120 nationally.

"CPA exams are widely recognized as a good measure of educational quality," said UIS Chancellor Naomi B. Lynn. "The sustained superior record of performance by our accounting students on this exam amply demonstrates that UIS provides its business school students with a quality education and that its graduates can compete successfully with graduates of major business schools across the nation."