Area of Excellence

Accounting and Information Systems programs have been selected as Unique Areas of Excellence at Nicholls State University by the University of Louisiana System.

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 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 research tools. 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.
•Four professors in the College of Business Administration are dedicated to this area.
•Otto Candies Chair in Information Systems.
•Cenac Chair of Accounting.
•College of Business Administration and Accounting program are separately accredited by AACSB-International at undergraduate and graduate levels.

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.