Student Services Making an Impact this Summer

ssc-teamSome people spend their summers lying out by the pool, taking long strolls on the beach, or embarking on adventurous hikes. The team at the College of Business Student Services Center is spending its summer a little differently. As head of student services, Ms. Bobbie Williams says, “There’s always plenty of work for me and my team to do during the summer.”

The main focus for the student services team has been Student Orientation and Registration (SOAR). SOAR takes place during multiple sessions and occupies 22 total days during the summer. Along with the freshmen SOAR sessions are multiple sessions for transfer students. College of Business Student Services works closely with these students to make the transition process as smooth as possible.

Hundreds of students attend each freshman SOAR session, and the Student Services team is in charge of putting a presentation together for the 60 plus students per session who aspire to join the College of Business. The team gives these students a presentation that lasts a little over 90 minutes, introducing them to the College of Business and some of its programs.

From there, they conduct the Noell-Levitt survey to get an initial evaluation of the students. This survey, created and measured by an outside research firm, gives the student services team an indication of each individual student’s personality as well as the best course of action to advise him or her for the fall semester.

Eight advisors and a specialized interventionist make up the team at the College of Business Student Services Center. This team works directly with College of Business students to advise them on classes, to make sure they stay on track to graduate, and to provide them with additional resources and information.

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College of Business in Newsweek’s Great Business Schools 2015

The College of Business at Georgia Southern University seeks to develop and promote a learning environment of the highest quality, characterized by inspired teaching and informed by meaningful research. The college emphasizes close interactions and engagement among faculty, students, and the business community.  We offer undergraduate degrees in eight disciplines, three master’s programs, and a PhD in logistics and supply chain management. Our student-centered learning community presents, applies, and extends the current boundaries of knowledge surrounding today’s dynamic global business environment. Our faculty members create learning opportunities and knowledge, both theoretical and practical. We are a diverse community, united in pursuit of our common values: continuous improvement, excellence, integrity, accountability, and respect.

  • Our face-to-face, part-time MBA offered at both our main Statesboro and Savannah campuses, engages students in dynamic classroom discussions, challenging case studies, and innovative problem-solving. The Savannah cohort-based program is designed for working professionals to complete the MBA in sixteen months. Students in both face-to-face programs have access to campus resources, clubs, out-of-classroom experiences, and interaction with classmates and faculty.
  • Our nationally ranked Online MBA provides professionals a 21-month path to an MBA. The asynchronous, cohort-based online program, launched in 2001, enjoys high student satisfaction and graduation rates.
  • Our online Master of Science in Applied Economics program provides graduates with analytical capabilities in economic development, financial economics, and regulatory issues. The program develops competencies in market analysis, quantitative analysis, regulatory industry analysis, and financial economics. Graduates compete for employment in financial institutions, industry, and government enterprises engaged in financial economic development, public utilities, and federal and state regulatory agencies.
  • The PhD in logistics and supply chain management prepares students for academic positions in logistics and supply chain management. Graduates will be equipped to serve as knowledge brokers, with the ability to transfer understanding of logistics and supply chain management to audiences and provide leadership in this increasingly important and complex field. The core classes focus on advanced courses in logistics, transportation, and supply chain management, providing a broad-based foundation to the historical and current trends in these areas.
  • Our AACSB International-accredited School of Accountancy provides quality educational programs through teaching, research, and service. Our BBA in Accounting, in conjunction with the Master of Accounting (MAcc) programs, puts the student on the path to becoming a Certified Professional Accountant (CPA). We also offer a fully-online WebMAcc program. One of our most popular accounting tracks is the fraud and forensic accounting track which leads to certification as a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE).
  • Our finance and economics degrees provide students with the foundation for careers in business, economics, law, and public policy. Our goal is to provide high quality instruction and service supported by an active agenda of applied and basic research.
  • The BBA in information systems (IS) prepares students to increase business competitiveness through the application of information technology. Our IS Department also offers an online graduate certificate in Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP). Students in the ERP program receive an applied enterprise systems experience, while gaining hands-on experience using SAP.
  • The BBA in logistics and intermodal transportation provides students with the problem-solving skills and supply chain knowledge needed to manage and lead modern organizations. Our courses develop critical-thinking skills using business statistics, optimization, and operations management.
  • Our management degree offers emphasis areas in human resources, entrepreneurship, and hospitality management. The Center for Entrepreneurial Learning and Leadership is an integral component in our Business Innovation Group (BIG). BIG is currently expanding our City Campus in downtown Statesboro to include a Fabrication Laboratory (FabLab) and Incubator.
  • The BBA in marketing incorporates business fundamentals and the current trends in today’s business environment. The marketing major offers students the ability to customize their plans of study with three specializations:  sales and sales management, fashion merchandising, and retail management.

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Seminar Prepares Students for Forensic Accounting Graduate Degree

Georgia Southern University Hosts 2015 Essentials of Fraud and Forensic Accounting

A one-week seminar will help prepare prospective graduate students for advanced studies in fraud examination and forensic accounting. Georgia Southern University’s School of Accountancy will host the event, starting August 3, on the Essentials of Fraud and Forensic Accounting.

“This event is a stepping stone to earning a Master of Accounting degree with a concentration in Forensic Accounting,” said program director Don Berecz, director of the Center of Forensic Studies in Accounting and Business. Berecz, a retired FBI agent, notes that the seminar replaces as many as five prerequisite courses, which can save participants months of study and expense. “The need for forensic accountants, especially in this age of white collar crime and international data theft, is very strong. The seminar is designed to open the field to many highly-qualified people – even those without undergraduate degrees in accounting.”

The Essentials of Fraud and Forensic Accounting seminar is also open to accountants, attorneys and law enforcement professionals seeking continuing professional education (CPE) credit. Registrants may earn up to 36 hours of CPE credit for the entire seminar, with the option to register for single or multiple two-hour blocks of instruction.

Faculty members with decades of experience fighting and researching fraud and forensic accounting will introduce participants to core subjects as well as legal issues, the largest and most common fraud schemes, white collar crime, and effective interview and interrogation techniques.

Participants will earn a certificate and fulfill the prerequisites for entry into the Georgia Southern School of Accountancy Forensic Accounting Master’s program. Organizers expect some participants will go on to earn their Certified Fraud Examiners (CFE) designation.

The event will be held on the campus of Georgia Southern at the College of Business in Statesboro. Breakfast and lunch will be provided each day. The accounting firm of Porter Keadle Moore is sponsoring the event. For more information, pricing and registration visit or contact Don Berecz at (912) 478-0259

Georgia Southern WebMAcc Ranked 5th in the Nation

maccaward ranked the Georgia Southern WebMAcc as fifth in the nation in its 2015 report of the Top 10 Online Master’s of Accounting Degree Programs.

The rankings were based upon CPA exam pass rates, undergraduate GPAs, accreditation, delivery modes, and tuition costs. After totaling scores received in each category, the website created its rankings.

The fifth ranked WebMAcc program includes its own “AACSB accreditation, 100% online classes, and a cohort-learning model that emphasizes team projects,” according to The website also highlights programs offering classes in a distance education format, the school’s online portal providing live streaming of audio and video, user-friendly virtual bulletin boards, and smartphone and tablet applications.

“We are very proud to have been rated so highly by outside, third parties this early in the program’s existence,” said Tim Pearson, PhD, director of the School of Accountancy. “We launched the program in January of 2013, and in December of 2014 graduated our first WebMAcc class. The faculty have done an amazing job of designing and implementing online course experiences that are very engaging and rigorous. We look forward to the continued success of the program and our graduates.”

For a more in-depth look at the rankings, visit

Georgia Southern University and all of its programs contained under the university’s umbrella are accredited through the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. The College of Business has undergraduate and graduate accreditation through AACSB International:  The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. Only about five percent of all colleges of business have AACSB accreditation.

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