UWA launched on-line accounting degree program

Published 11:07 am Thursday, July 8, 2010

LIVINGSTON – The University of West Alabama, beginning in the fall semester, will offer an online Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting degree. UWA’s College of Business is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and the Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs.

Developed by full-time, on-campus faculty, UWA online courses have the same requirements as the traditional classes meeting on campus, and the degree program prepares students for the Certified Public Accountant examination.

However, through its flexibility and convenience, the program will meet the needs of working students who wish to obtain an accounting degree for career advancement.

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“The College of Business is pleased to now offer our accounting degree online,” said Dr. Ken Tucker, business dean. “We hope this program will appeal to those who want to complete their degree requirements while maintaining their current level of employment.”

The Federal Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that accountants and auditors are expected to experience much faster than average employment growth from 2008-18. Tucker says the projected job opportunity increase of more than 20 percent should entice students, particularly during this challenging economic climate.

In addition, UWA online classes offer convenience and affordability, charging less per credit hour than most for-profit online colleges. With online classes limited to 30 students and technical help offered daily, UWA has seen tremendous growth since beginning its online program in 2002.

“Value, flexibility and access are important factors to our students,” said Online Division Dean Martha Hocutt. “Our online programs allow students to maintain their family and job responsibilities while earning degrees to further their careers.”

UWA also focuses on academic integrity, requiring online students taking tests at home to install software that locks down their Web browsers and a camera that monitors the exam environment.

“With a 175-year tradition of educational excellence, the University also provides the same personal service and caring support for students online as it does in the classroom,” Tucker said.

Through the Division of Online Programs, the College of Business also offers bachelor’s degrees in business administration and technology, in addition to the Tutwiler College of Education’s master’s and education specialist degrees.