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WebMAcc Ranked Among Best for an Online Masters in Accounting

bestonlineschoolsThe Georgia Southern University College of Business WebMAcc has been ranked among the 20 best online schools for accounting masters degrees for 2016-2017 by BestChoiceSchools.com.

According to the American Institute of CPAs, a master’s degree in accounting (MAcc) provides benefits critical for career advancement. An accounting master’s degree ensures the student meets the educational requirements to obtain CPA licensure. Many schools have begun to offer the MAcc program in a flexible, online format that allows the working professional to earn a master’s degree with little interruption to their professional and personal life.

“This is another well-deserved objective recognition for our WebMAcc program,” stated Tim Pearson, Ph.D., director of the College of Business’s School of Accountancy. “Many Accounting programs are increasing the online delivery of their programs for their students, and we are taking this effort very seriously and deliberatively for the benefit of our students. I am grateful that the WebMAcc faculty in the School of Accountancy are once again being recognized for their efforts through this ranking.”

The 30-credit hour, 10-course Georgia Southern WebMAcc offers low tuition and a high graduation rate. The online MAcc may be completed in two years, and the pace of the program is designed to cater to the working professional. Students take five courses each year (two in spring, two in fall and one in summer), and courses include accounting information systems, auditing, current legal issues, financial accounting, fraudulent financial reporting and tax research.

Best Choice Schools’ mission is to provide high-quality, well-researched rankings and other resources for individuals looking for information about top quality higher education. Approximately 100 accredited colleges and universities offering online masters in accounting degree programs were examined, looking at the percentage of applicants admitted, graduation rates, student-to-faculty ratios and graduate tuition/fees. All data for the rankings was taken from the most recent published information at the National Center for Education Statistics College Navigator.


Touch Light Innovations named winner of Georgia Southern College of Business’ BIG Pitch competition

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Allen Amason, Ph.D., dean of the College of Business, stands with Swarnav Pujari of Touch Light Innovations, the 2016 BIG Pitch winner.

Touch Light Innovations has been named the winner of the second annual BIG Pitch Competition, hosted by Georgia Southern University’s Business Innovation Group (BIG) in conjunction with Ocean Exchange.

Touch Light Innovations, a startup invented by Swarnav Pujari, a student at University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, is pioneering in harvesting ambient energy to power daily use tools and create a green environment. Their flagship product, Power Pad, is a low-profile device that sits beneath any moderate-to-heavy foot traffic location. Each step a passerby takes on the Power Pad generates up to 10 watt-mins of power.

“The BIG Pitch event showcased young professionals who are challenging cross-industry status-quo through very disruptive ideas, technologies and business models,” said Dr. Bartosz Wojszczyk, a judge on the panel. “The winner, Touch Light Innovations, is a great example of how ‘a single step idea’ can revolutionize access to energy through day to day activities. We could have only one winner, but all presented technologies deserve our highest praise.”

By targeting the commercial building market space in city locations, Touch Light Innovations is able to offer a clean technology product that is designed for city-like environments. This product is estimated to save an average commercial building up to $80,000 per year on electrical bills and increase real estate value by 7 percent each year. The Power Pad has been tested at a Westchester Knicks game as well as in a New York High School for one month.

“Ocean Exchange is insanely good. Fostering change and putting you in uncomfortable situations is something people don’t always like. Disruptive technology delivers change, always creating something new and advancing development for the future,” said Pujari of Touch Light Innovations. “The BIG Pitch competition seeks different innovations in all fields. I really enjoyed it because those are the values I hold in my heart and harness in the company.”

Other teams included Reservoir from the University of Georgia; BioCellection and RevoLOOtion from the University of Pennsylvania; Wavve Stream from the University of Houston; Renewal Mill and Catalytic Electrolysis for Sustainable Fuel Generation from Wastewater from Yale University; and Antibiotic Resistance from the Sea from Valdosta State University.

“This year’s BIG Pitch finalists were remarkably strong,” said Allen C. Amason, Ph.D., dean of the College of Business. “They were innovative, thoughtful, prepared, articulate, but most of all, they were the sorts of people who are going to make a positive difference in this world. And so, we were very proud of all of them and very proud to invest in them.”

BIG Pitch facilitates the adoption of undergraduate and graduate innovations that improve economies, health and the environment. BIG Pitch is part of the Business Innovation Group in the Georgia Southern College of Business and partners with Ocean Exchange.

For more information on the BIG Pitch Competition, the Ocean Exchange or Georgia Southern University entrepreneurship programs, please contact Millicent Pitts, CEO of Ocean Exchange, at 912-257-0209 or email atmillicent.pitts@oceanexchange.org; Dominique Halaby, D.P.A., director of BIG, at 912-478-2733 or email atdhalaby@georgiasouthern.edu; or Steve Stewart, Ph.D., assistant professor of management/entrepreneurship at 912-478-8594 or email at sstewart@georgiasouthern.edu.


Georgia Southern Named Most Affordable Online College for Economics Degree

Georgia Southern was ranked the 2017 Most Affordable Online College for Economics Degrees by OnlineU. The University offers a Master of Science in Applied Economics (MSAE) with an annual tuition rate of $6,150.

The online MSAE program objective is to provide graduates with analytical capabilities in economic development, financial economics and regulatory issues. The skills and competencies addressed by this program include market analysis, quantitative analysis, regulatory industry analysis, financial economics and economic development. These capabilities represent a unique combination of skills that are needed within society.

“Our MSAE program combines world-class economic content with a cutting-edge delivery model. The result is a powerful value proposition, that is attracting students from across the country,” stated Allen C. Amason, dean of the Georgia Southern College of Business. “Certainly, we are proud of the program and proud of the many graduates who are leveraging the MSAE degree to greater career success.”

The program provides the quantitative and analytical skills needed for graduates to assist businesses in market analysis including quantitative, regulatory and economic development. Graduates are able to compete for employment in financial institutions, industry and government enterprises engaged in financial economic development, public utilities and federal and state regulatory agencies.

The list published by OnlineU includes the 25 most affordable online colleges and universities offering degrees in economics. OnlineU is a product of SR Education Group whose mission is to be the most authoritative online resource to help students choose the best school for their career aspirations and budget. They believe objective information about education, careers and educational financing should be easily accessible.

The College of Business seeks to develop and promote a learning environment of the highest quality, characterized by inspired teaching and informed by meaningful research. Consistent with the traditions and mission of Georgia Southern, the College of Business offers a broad array of undergraduate programs and select graduate programs.


Georgia Southern Ranked #1 Accredited Online College in Georgia and #17 Top Online MBA Program

bestcollegesingaGeorgia Southern was ranked as the number one accredited online college in Georgia and the number 17 top online MBA program on BestColleges.com.

The University has offered the MBA program via distance learning since 2001, and currently has an alumni network of 73,000 graduates.

Georgia Southern offers qualified, motivated professionals a 21-month path to an AACSB-International accredited MBA degree. The asynchronous structure of the online format allows students to attend class from wherever, whenever. Unlike the traditional face-to-face MBA classrooms, the Online MBA classroom is accessible from anywhere in the world, 24/7.

A general management degree at its core, the Online MBA complements most undergraduate degrees and enhances the skill set of graduates—no matter their career paths. The online curriculum consists of 10 courses (30 credit hours) with students completing two courses each semester for five consecutive semesters. While U.S. students are required to attend a two-day orientation in Atlanta, they are not expected to visit campus once the program begins.

“Our Online MBA offers outstanding value and is very popular among busy professionals. The coursework is rigorous and relevant, and the delivery model is flexible and convenient. So, we’re very happy to be recognized,” states Allen C. Amason, dean of the College of Business at Georgia Southern University. “We’re proud of work that’s been done in this program and of the alumni whose success reflects so well on it.”

BestColleges.com seeks to empower students by providing the information needed to make informed higher education decisions. Through proprietary research, they build user-friendly guides and rankings that lead students of all ages on their personal path to a college degree. They are dedicated to helping students find the school that best meets their needs.

The College of Business seeks to develop and promote a learning environment of the highest quality, characterized by inspired teaching and informed by meaningful research. Consistent with the traditions and mission of Georgia Southern, the College of Business offers a broad array of undergraduate programs and select graduate programs.


Latest Survey Results for Georgia Business Climate Survey Suggests Georgia Business Leaders are Optimistic about Future of Georgia

Georgia Southern University’s Business Innovation Group (BIG) and Georgia CEO have partnered to establish a new Georgia Business Climate Survey, which will serve as a tool for viewing how the state is moving forward economically. Distributed on a quarterly-basis, the survey covers various types of questions regarding the business industry specifically, the economy as a whole, the business industry’s propensity to hire new staff and investments in capital.

This quarter’s survey analysis suggests that survey participants are cautiously optimistic about the future of Georgia’s economy. When asked directly about their outlook on Georgia business conditions over the next three months, 42 percent of participants thought conditions would be better in three months while 46 percent thought business conditions would be the same.

When asked about their outlook on the next three months, business leaders were the most optimistic about business volume and sales and the most anxious about capital access, profitability and labor availability.

Right now, 75 percent of survey participants do not think they will do more business out-of-state than what they are currently doing. Overall, only 21 percent are planning on expanding their out-of-state business activities in the next three months.

Thirty-two percent of survey participants work for companies that employ less than nine people, while 24 percent of participants work for companies that employ more than 250 people.

“Survey participants are cautiously optimistic about the current and future state of the economy,” stated Ben McKay, research specialist for the Georgia Southern Bureau of Business Research and Economic Development (BBRED). “This is a night and day difference when these findings are compared to similitude research conducted by BBRED shortly after the crash of 2008.”

The sampling technique used for this study was a convenience sample of subscribers to one of the nine Georgia CEO daily newsletters. The locations served by this publication include Albany, Athens, Augusta, Columbus, Middle Georgia, Newnan, Savannah and Valdosta. Participants were contacted via email and responded using a provided link to an online questionnaire. The survey was open for two weeks and collected 368 valid responses. Due to the sampling technique used, it is unclear what the response rate to this survey is and the results are not representative of the views of the entire population of Georgia. The results do reflect the views of many readers of Georgia CEO.

For more information, please contact Ben McKay at bpmckay@georgiasouthern.edu. For the full survey results, contact Randy Davidson with Georgia CEO at randy@georgiaceo.com.