Following a presentation to the State Board of Education by College President Dr. Tom LoBasso, Daytona State College has been granted approval to offer the Bachelor of Science in Accounting, bringing the total number of bachelor’s degrees offered by DSC to seven. The new program is scheduled to begin fall 2020 upon tentative SACSCOC (Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges) accreditation. It will be the second bachelor’s program in the School of Business Administration in addition to the Bachelor of Applied Science in Supervision and Management.
“DSC seeks to meet employers’ needs with high quality, accessible and affordable programs that link directly with jobs in our community,” said Dr. Amy Locklear, DSC Provost. “This degree is a result of almost two years of research, community surveys and conversations with local businesses and higher education colleagues. Our research showed that the near future will bring more jobs than can be filled by current accounting graduates in our region.”
“This presents students in our service area an affordable option to acquire a highly specialized, well-paying skill – one that will set them on a career path that will be fulfilling and rewarding,” said Max Nagiel, Chair of the School of Applied Business. “The program also aims to close an existing gap in the supply of BS Accounting graduates and the local and regional demand in our service area.”
Daytona State already offers an AS in Accounting Technology that provides the principles and practices necessary for a successful career in the accounting profession or for transfer into a bachelor’s degree program. The College also offers AS Certificates in Accounting Technology Management and Accounting Technology Operations that are embedded within the AS degree program or may be pursued separately.
Students will be able to enter the BS in Accounting from the AA, the AS in Business or the AS in Accounting. Those who earn their BS degrees from Daytona State save thousands of dollars in tuition costs compared to private and public four-year universities.
“The Bachelor of Science in Accounting was strongly supported by local companies such as James Moore & Co. and Brown & Brown Insurance,” said Locklear. “These and other industry leaders do not want to import talent, but rather grow it right here at home, and this degree creates those opportunities. This program will be taught by highly trained faculty with a wealth of real-world experience. Their goal is to produce skilled professionals ready to enter the high-demand field of accounting.”
“Data from the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) projects 1,007 accounting job openings in our service area over the next eight years, or 126 per year,” Nagiel added. “The program offers us the opportunity to provide students with one more advanced educational options while helping our community fill an existing skills gap.”
Daytona State began offering its first bachelor’s degree in 2005 in Applied Science in Supervision and Management. Since then, the College has added bachelor’s programs in Engineering Technology; Information Technology; Elementary Education; Secondary Education (with specializations); and the most recent in 2014, Nursing.
ABOUT DAYTONA STATE: Offering more than 100 certificate, associate and bachelor’s degree programs, Daytona State College has responded to the education and workforce training needs of Volusia and Flagler counties and beyond for more than 60 years. The college enrolls nearly 28,000 students a year at its seven instructional sites, with graduates serving in critical fields including health care, emergency services, business, education, hospitality, engineering, technology and more.
Daytona State has been recognized as a leader in higher education numerous times, consistently by U.S. News & World Report, which ranks the college among the Top Tier Best Online Bachelor’s Programs seven years running. The U.S. Department of Education’s College Affordability and Transparency Center has ranked DSC among the top 50 most affordable public four-year institutions in the country, with less than half the tuition of the national average. Community College Week, a leading publication in higher education, annually continues to feature the college in its list of Top 100 Associate Degree Producers. And for three years in a row, U.S. News & World Report has ranked DSC among its Top Online Bachelor’s Programs for Veterans.
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