Accounting and Information Systems

The areas of Accounting and Information Systems have been selected as Areas of Excellence for Nicholls State University. Reasons for this designation follow.

The area for Accounting and Information Systems is outstanding based on several criteria:

  • Quality of faculty
  • Quality of facilities
  • Student organizations
  • Student success

The quality of our faculty is demonstrated by their teaching, research and service accomplishments. Teaching quality is reflected in:

  • High student evaluations
  • Grants received for innovative teaching ideas
  • Distinguished professor awards from outside entities
  • Number of faculty holding doctorates and certification

Key faculty members in both accounting and Computer Information Systems have active research records that include:

  • Journal articles
  • Outstanding paper awards from elite national organizations
  • Grants received

All faculty have extensive service records.

Quality of facilities is demonstrated by the fact that the college has sufficient classrooms with sufficient capacity, including computerized classrooms and labs. Student computer labs have state-of-the-art systems and access to extensive software, data bases and the Internet. The Library has extensive holdings of accounting and computer information systems books and periodicals.


Other factors for the designation of an Area of Excellence include:

  • Rapid growth in enrollment
  • High demand in market place for the region we serve
  • Performance of graduates, e.g. (the President and CEO of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Barry Melancon is a Nicholls State University graduate)
  • Four professors in the College of Business Administration are dedicated to this area.
  • Bollinger Chair in Entrepreneurship
  • Nationally accredited by AACSB-International Association for Management Education.


Because the college is AACSB accredited, accounting and CIS students have access to Beta Alpha Psi and Beta Gamma Sigma. These honors organizations are actively supported by the accounting profession and the business community in the area. Students not meeting the rigorous requirements for membership in the honors society can join the Accounting and Information Systems Clubs.


Find out more information about these areas by visiting the Computer Information Systems web sites.