Tulsa business leaders are excited about the arrival of Oklahoma State University’s AACSB-accredited undergraduate accounting program to the Oklahoma State University-Tulsa campus, with over $ 1.2 million in donor support already pledged to the program.
Program officials and alumni talk about the AACSB-accredited undergraduate accounting program:
The Lou and Connie Miller Charitable Foundation has issued a $ 1 million challenge grant, which means that any donation to the OSU-Tulsa accounting program up to that amount will result in a similar amount dedicated to the program’s ongoing operations. OSU alumnus Spears School of Business and Oklahoma State Regent for Higher Education Jay Helm and his wife Fayenelle have already pledged the first matching donation of $ 250,000.
OSU-Tulsa’s Accounting program is identical to Stillwater’s program, comprising a Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Arts degree with degree options in Internal Reporting, Monitoring and Auditing or External Reporting, Monitoring and Auditing.
“In terms of coverage, thoroughness, relevance and service, you’ll find the same quality in Tulsa as you will in Stillwater,” said Audrey Gramling, Ph.D., principal of the OSU School of Accounting at Spears School. of Business. “But there are aspects unique to Tulsa that fascinate me. We work closely with businesses, alumni and professionals across the city to ensure our students acquire skills to help them be productive and knowledgeable employees when they graduate, and local employers are thrilled. to have an accessible and quality accounting program in Tulsa.
OSU School of Accountancy is one of the top 50 accounting programs in the country and has a 92% placement rate for its graduates, who serve as accountants, advisers, auditors and financial reporting experts and tax supporting companies and organizations in the global market. . It is one of some 190 institutions accredited worldwide by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International (AACSB) and is also accredited by the Federation of Schools of Accountancy.
“There is a discipline you learn when you take accounting classes, especially at OSU,” said Melinda Stinnett, managing director of professional consulting firm Tulsa Stinnett and Associates and former student accountant at OSU. “I can be an advisor to my clients, not just prepare financial statements. All the foundational knowledge that I gained at OSU, I definitely use it every day at Stinnett.
Accounting graduates are in demand across the country, with many local businesses and businesses actively seeking new graduates with accounting knowledge and skills.
“We absolutely see a need for accounting graduates here in Tulsa, and that need is increasing,” Stinnett said.
Market research conducted by a division of the Advisory Board Company identified accountants and auditors as one of the fastest growing professions for undergraduate professionals in the Tulsa region.
“Accounting is the language of business,” said former student John Meinders, partner in the Tulsa office of Grant Thornton, one of the world’s largest accounting and consulting firms. “If you work in any type of business, you need a certain level of accounting knowledge. “
OSU-Tulsa accounting students can take advantage of the university’s downtown location and flexible course options to network and discover internship opportunities with nearby businesses and organizations. OSU-Tulsa’s location and focus on accessibility is designed to open doors for those who have traditionally faced barriers entering the accounting profession.
“Having an accounting program at OSU-Tulsa will open up opportunities for a more diverse population here in Tulsa,” Meinders said. “There is a great need for accountants. The job market is going to be hot enough for the accounting profession, and having this program here locally, at a public university, is going to be a big plus. Oklahoma State University-Tulsa is the metropolitan high school campus of a modern land granting university that prepares students for success.
Founded in 1999, OSU-Tulsa’s downtown campus offers bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral programs and graduate certificates for working adults. For more information on OSU-Tulsa, visit tulsa.okstate.edu.