SMWC Among Best Online Accounting Degrees

November 18th, 2014 | SMWC

Affordable College Foundation lists Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College (SMWC) among the top ten best online accounting programs. The Foundation, a leading resource for online learning and college affordability information, has published its new ranking of 2015’s Best Online Accounting Degrees. Schools included offer students affordable, high-quality accounting programs combined with the flexibility of distance education.  

“Accounting is a critical part of any business, and companies of all types continue to seek graduates from quality academic programs,” said Dan Schuessler, founder and CEO of Affordable Colleges Foundation. “It’s important to recognize the colleges and programs that truly stand out, especially those going the extra mile to make online learning a priority.”

Rankings were based on public, private and not-for-profit institutions offering a number of accounting degrees. Each program was scored based on its accreditation, student-faculty ratio, graduation rates and percentage of students receiving financial aid.

With more than 40 years of delivering distance education, SMWC offers 25 online degree programs to prepare students for the competitive workforce. The flexibility and convenience of the Woods Online program allows students to obtain a bachelor’s degree completely online.

“What really distinguishes us from other online programs is our engaging courses and accessible faculty-scholars,” said Janet Clark, Ph.D., vice president for academic affairs. “The faculty are intentional in relating the academic material to real-world situations, and they are committed to sharing that practical element even in an online environment. This strategic combination results in great learning experiences and outcomes for our students.”

According to higher education research firm Eduventures, business-related degrees – including accounting – remain the most popular among college students.    

"Students wishing to enter one of the fastest-growing career fields available have more educational options now than ever before,” said Schuessler. "The schools on our list not only have more online accounting degree programs than their peers, but also boast cost structures and student support that make a tremendous difference. They deserve to be recognized."

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