Southeastern accounting program ranked by “Accounting Degree Review” web site

Thursday, December 4, 2014 Robert Braun
by: Rene Abadie

SOUTHEASTERN ACCOUNTING IS RANKED – Southeastern Accounting Professor Robert Braun makes a point in an accounting class he teaches. The program has been ranked 19th in the nation among the 30 most affordable residential degree programs by Accounting Degree Review.

HAMMOND – Southeastern Louisiana University's undergraduate degree program in accounting has been ranked 19th in the country by the web site Accounting Degree Review.

Southeastern is ranked 19th in the listing of the 30 most affordable residential degree programs in accounting.

To be considered for the listing, the institution must first be accredited by AACSB, considered the premier accreditation agency in the world for business and accounting programs. The accreditation designation means the program meets specific standards of excellence and is earned by less than five percent of the world's business schools. A separate accreditation in accounting requires an additional layer of high quality standards that are specific to the discipline and profession of accounting.

Accounting Degree Review is an independent and objective resource for current and prospective accounting and finance students that uses data-based rankings and critical review of the top traditional and online accounting and finance degree programs. The site compared schools by examining annual tuition and fees for out-of-state incoming freshmen enrolling in the 2014-15 academic year, as well as scholarship and financial aid information and career advice.

"We are delighted to receive this news about our accounting program. Affordability is a major factor for students in selecting their degree programs, but the quality of the program and the success of its students are most important," said John L. Crain, Southeastern president.

Crain noted that the accounting program was one of several at Southeastern that will receive additional funding from the state through the WISE (Workforce & Innovation for a Stronger Economy) program. The additional funds will help increase instructional capacity, student financial assistance and program operating support.

Interim Dean of the College of Business Antoinette Phillips said the ranking demonstrates the high expectations the program places on student success.

"Even with the tuition increases over recent years, it is good to know that our program represents a significant value for our students," said Phillips. "Quality of the program remains high, and we believe this is why so many of our students are highly recruited by graduate schools, area businesses and accounting firms."

Phillips said all programs in the College of Business are accredited by AACSB with the accounting program receiving a separate and distinct accreditation by the international agency.

Accounting Degree Review noted Southeastern's two campus organizations for accounting majors, a Beta Alpha Psi chapter and a National Association of Black Accountants student chapter. The department also employs an accounting internship director to help students who want to earn credit hours while gaining work experience.

The full report can be accessed at

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