Friday, December 10, 2021
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Tulsa business leaders are excited about the arrival of Oklahoma State University AACSB Accredited Undergraduate Program in Accounting on the OSU-Tulsa campus, with over $ 1.2 million in donor support already pledged to support the program in Tulsa.
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. Jay Helm, an OSU Spears School of Business alumnus and Oklahoma State Regent for Higher Education, along with his wife, Fayenelle, have already pledged the first matching donation of $ 250,000.
the OSU Accounting Program at OSU-Tulsa is identical to the Stillwater curriculum, including a Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Arts degree with degree options in Reporting, Internal Oversight and Auditing or External Reporting, Oversight and Auditing.
âIn terms of coverage, thoroughness, relevance and service, you’ll find the same quality in Tulsa as you will in Stillwater,â said Dr. Audrey Gramling, principal of the OSU School of Accounting at the Spears School of Business. âBut 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.
the OSU School of Accounting 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 and tax reporting experts helping businesses and organizations in the global market. It is one of approximately 190 institutions accredited worldwide through the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International (AACSB) and is also accredited by the Federation of Schools of Accountancy (FSA).
âThere is a discipline you learn when you take accounting classes, especially at OSU,â said Melinda Stinnett, managing director of professional consulting firm Tulsa Stinnett & Associates and former student accountant at OSU. âI 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.
âWe absolutely see a need for accounting graduates here in Tulsa, and that need is increasing,â 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 organizations of independent audit, tax and consulting firms. âIf 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 are designed to open doors for those who have traditionally faced barriers entering the accounting profession.
âHaving an accounting program at OSU-Tulsa will open up opportunities for a more diverse population here in Tulsa,â Meinders said. âThere is a great need for accountants, the job market has to be warm enough for the accounting profession and having this program here locally, from a public university, is going to be a big advantage. ”
For more information on donating to the OSU-Tulsa Accounting Program, contact Cindy Webb, Senior Director of Development at the OSU Foundation in Tulsa at 918-706-6454 or [email protected]