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Accounting Program Receives National Endorsement

January 6, 2014

ATHENS, Ala. - The Institute of Management Accountants (IMA) recently bestowed a positive endorsement upon Athens State University’s Bachelor of Science in Accounting program. The national organization’s Committee on Academic Relations announced its endorsement just before the end of 2013.

In an email to Athens State IMA Campus Advocate Professor Stacie Hughes, the IMA announced that it was favorably impressed with the quality of the program, the thoroughness of Athens States’ application, and the school’s high level of engagement with IMA.

“I am pleased to let you know that your institution has received IMA endorsement of its program,” stated Dr. Raef Lawson, Professor-in-Residence ant Vice President of Research at IMA. “This major accomplishment recognizes that your school’s program meets the educational standards enabling students to pursue the Certified Management Accountant (CMA®) credential and provides your students with essential skills sought after by successful organizations and their financial team leaders.”

To receive an endorsement, Athens State had to prove that they substantially cover all of the material on the CMA exam (at Level C), have adequate faculty resources, are accredited by a recognized accreditation organization, and have a faculty member designated as an IMA Campus Advocate. Hughes and Professor Emily Corzine serve as IMA Faculty Advocates.

As a result of their application, the IMA found that Athens States’ program in Accounting aligns itself with the needs of business and is crucial in addressing the competency crisis in the accounting profession.

“This is a significant award and I think it speaks very highly of the Accounting program, the College of Business, and the University,” remarked Hughes. “The application consisted of 339 pages and required a great deal of data. There are a number of individuals who graciously, and without hesitation agreed to help gather the information needed and without whom this application and eventual endorsement wouldn't have been possible.”

Dr. Bob Glenn, President of Athens State University added, “This is a great accomplishment and one about which we can all be proud. I am not the least bit surprised that this faculty has demonstrated this level of excellence. They are an exceptional group and I am proud to be associated with them.”


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