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Accreditation and Why It Matters For An Online MBA Program

The Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS), the largest accrediting agency of for-profit colleges and universities, recently ran afoul of the U.S. Department of Education (USDE). The USDE chose to de-recognize the agency, citing controversy over federal financial aid policies, loose educational oversight, and the agency’s accreditation of several subpar schools, including campuses […]

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4 Quick Activities To Help Boost Energy And Increase Focus

Studying for your MBA online requires effort and determination. Everyone knows that face time with the computer is a given. What may be less obvious is that taking a short break is just as important. Simply getting up and moving around may boost your energy level and enhance your ability to focus. Time is valuable […]

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Top Apps for Team Collaboration

Collaboration is a crucial component of business productivity and a skill that all online MBA students should master to be successful in their studies and careers. With campus-based programs, students work face-to-face, but online MBA candidates will sometimes need to be able to cooperate with team members who may be hundreds or even thousands of […]

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Using LinkedIn To Build Your Personal Brand

As a social network aimed primarily at business professionals and skilled specialists, LinkedIn has become the internet’s primary source of professional branding. Used effectively, LinkedIn can connect online MBA students to influencers in their field and help smooth the transition to a business career. Too many people, however, often shortchange themselves by posting inadequate personal […]

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3 Ways an MS in Management Information Systems Degree Can Make You an Asset to Any Company

The business world is constantly evolving and presenting many exciting opportunities for companies as they move toward doing more transactions and interactions in the cloud. Even with cloud computing being a great opportunity, it also poses a greater risk, in terms of security, for businesses. Earning a Master of Science in Management Information Systems can […]

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Six Healthcare Management Changes To Watch

From the Affordable Care Act to technological advances, and changes in patient demands to service delivery, the American healthcare system is facing some rapid and fundamental transformations. What are current healthcare managers expecting for their facilities, staffs, and patients? And what should online MBA students with a focus in health services be aware of as […]

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Mobile Devices Present Corporate Security Challenges

Mobile devices are an integral part of peoples’ everyday lives. Being connected is a necessity in today’s business world. Professionals now use their smartphones and tablets as much for business as they do for leisure. So how do businesses protect their clients’ information, account numbers, employees’ personal details, and other sensitive data? What happens when […]

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How a Bachelor’s Degree Affects Your Salary Potential

In previous years, young professionals could enter the world of marketing, finance or human resources based on previous job experiences along with a passion to learn. However, many employers are now insisting prospective hires have a Bachelor of Science degree before bringing them on their teams. A bachelor’s degree has become a requirement for many […]

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How One Degree Can Prepare You for a Variety of Careers

Earning a bachelor’s degree can be a big step in improving a student’s job prospects and working toward a new career. For many undergraduates, they may earn a bachelor’s degree in order to pursue a career that challenges them. As a result, they struggle to decide their major. A 2015 Accenture report suggested that college […]

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How an MS MIS Degree Brings Technology and Business Skills Together

The Collat School of Business has previously identified the top skills every graduate should have in order to succeed in the workplace. Along with a quality education, business skills are near the top of the list. The term “business skills” encapsulates many important abilities. Employees need to effectively communicate with coworkers and vendors as well […]

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Tips to Survive the Online College Experience

According to a 2015 Learninghouse report, 5.5 million students are choosing to complete their degrees online. The report highlighted the importance of earning a degree for those interested in shifting to a different career. Although, partaking in online classes offers different challenges than joining classes in person. Whether you’re planning on building on your associate’s […]

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See How Mobile Devices Have Changed Our Lives

Since the smartphone hit the market, more consumers have relied on it to get through their lives. According to Pew Research, 77 percent of Americans now own a smartphone, up from 35 percent in 2011. Why is this important? As more individuals use smartphones, these devices have shaped how we do business, how we meet […]

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Roth Or Traditional: Choosing An Individual Retirement Account

Setting aside money for retirement isn’t usually high on the list of priorities for 20-something MBA degree seeking students. Retirement seems so far away it might as well not exist. But time flies and all of a sudden you’re in the latter half of your 30s, retirement is looming, and you find yourself wishing you […]

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Career Outlooks: A Pulse on the Current Job Market

In a recent article, CNBC celebrated that the job market is the strongest it has been since the 2008 financial crisis. This is especially true for graduates with certain in-demand majors, like accounting for example. Earning an online Bachelor of Science degree can help set students up for success when entering the job market. Check […]

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How to Nail Your First Post-College Interview

After all of the hard work you put into earning your online degree – whether it’s from our Bachelor of Science in Accounting program to our Bachelor of Science in Marketing degree, or any of our online BS degrees in between – it’s time to put your job experience and education to good use in […]

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7 Reasons the MS MIS Degree is Right For You

According to the United Nations, there are five different kinds of work plateaus that may strike over the course of your career. If you’re like many workers, you may experience either a structural or content plateau. Earning an additional degree can help you feel revitalized and motivated in the workplace. The information you acquire in […]

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IT Security And Why Businesses Need To Know The Risks

Exponential advances in modern technology have revolutionized business and personal life in many key, positive ways. With that being said, those same breakthroughs have made it possible for malevolent actors to strike online in an increasing number of ways. The cyber security threat landscape is a vast and growing one for businesses to contend with. […]

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How to Manage your Time While Enrolled in an Online Program

Time management is among the most important disciplines for students of online graduate degrees to master. They often have to balance their studies with the realities of having to take courses remotely, the demands of family and working life, and other personal or business commitments. There are any number of needs challenging for the most […]

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What to know about an online BS degree

Pursuing a bachelor’s degree has many benefits: You can broaden your mind by participating in online discussions while developing the skills you need to enter a new field. These skills could help you propel your career forward into a leadership role. Yet, it’s challenging to carve out time to attend classes in person while abiding […]

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Ten Formidable Corporate Security Risks in 2017

For decades, the corporate marketplace has endured threats to its stability and security in the form of workplace violence, public-relations disasters, defective products, and even natural disasters. Another risk, however, is steadily becoming a bigger threat overall. Technology, in the form of computers, business networks, mobile devices, cloud solutions, and internet access, presents emerging dangers […]

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The Company Controller: A Multifaceted Role

Few job titles carry the weight of Controller. The very essence of the position is one of regulation, integrity, and guidance. Being “in control” of a company’s finances is powerful, high-profile position that comes with a great deal of scrutiny from the C-suite, investors, shareholders, regulators, and government entities. Read on to learn about the […]

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Accounting Information Systems: Four 2017 Predictions

The complexity of accounting information systems continues to increase with the introduction of advanced technologies and new ways of doing business. Understanding how innovation is driving the industry is essential to forward progress. The old image of what an accountant does is gone. The new conversation is about and how the role fits into the […]

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The Key to Solving Business Problems: Algorithms

If you are interested in algorithmic problem solving, a Bachelor of Science in Information Systems (BSIS) from the University of Alabama in Birmingham can be an important first step. After all, the key to solving today’s business problems faster and more effectively than the competition is often systems building. The professional that is central to […]

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Five Trends in Corporate Finance and What it Means to an Online MBA Student

Corporate executives are upbeat about the current economic conditions – both domestic and worldwide – as we move into the second quarter of 2017. They seem more willing to invest to ensure the financial stability of their companies, even with the uncertainty of the fast-moving market and rapid changes in technology. Chief Financial Officers (CFOs) […]

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Business Trends Affecting Healthcare

As a business, healthcare is subject to the same bottom-line issues that affect any entity that serves the public. It’s also in the midst of rapid change and unparalleled growth, both in terms of service and administration, which the Bureau of Labor Statistics expects to grow 20 percent by 2020. Medical institutions will need leaders, […]

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Top Industries for Information Systems Professionals

With information systems permeating every area of modern life, there is no shortage of opportunity for professionals in the field. The basic concepts of programming, database management, networks, systems analysis, and IS security as learned through a Bachelor of Science in Information Systems degree can translate across virtually any business environment. Choosing to advance your […]

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Pursuing Cyber Security in 2017

In the digital age, the number of cyber security threats faced by companies of all sizes continues to grow. As these risks grow, so do the costs associated with combatting them. According to CSOonline.com, a website from International Data Group, the damage from cybercrime is projected to reach $6 trillion annually in the next five […]

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The Languages of Business Programming

If you are going to find a great job quickly and keep it, it can be helpful to have an in demand skill that few of your peers have. Learning a computer language fits both of these criteria, and if that language is relevant to the industry in which you want to find a job, […]

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U.S. Consumer Trends: What Will Change in 2017

If there is one thing that is constant in business today, it is change. The rate at which trends emerge and expectations evolve is faster than ever before. Consumers are quick to jump at new developments, with early adopters actively on the search for the next big thing. Companies that have the agility to respond […]

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Why Choose Accounting? Exploring Banking

If you are looking for a career with longevity and stability, accounting can be the right choice. If you are pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, there are a number of varied opportunities in the industry that allow you to choose the post-graduation career path that best […]

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Why Choose Accounting? Exploring Government Work

According to the Department of Labor, the government is the largest employer in the United States. As such, job opportunities within the government are attractive to those who value job stability as well as a diverse range of career paths. The accounting discipline offers its graduates a range of career options within the government; budgets […]

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Why Choose Accounting? Exploring Nonprofit Work

If you are pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Accounting online degree from The University of Alabama at Birmingham’s Collat School of Business, your opportunities post-graduation can be numerous. If you have a unique love for philanthropy and giving back, exploring nonprofit work may be the route you want to take. However, your post-graduate job […]

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Why Choose Accounting? Exploring Private Company Work

You may already be considering what your future career opportunities are as you work toward your Bachelor of Science in Accounting. Many consider public accounting first – a certified public accountant, or CPA, helps clients with accounting, taxes, and auditing services. These clients may be individuals, companies, governments, or nonprofits. The role of a private […]

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5 myths about earning an online degree

Today, online learning is more common than ever, with the Online Learning Consortium estimating that 5.8 million students take part in virtual learning. However, there are misconceptions about online education. Here are five common myths about earning an online degree: Myth #1: Online degree programs are not held to the same academic standards as on-campus […]

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How to make the most of your online bachelor’s degree

If you’re interested in completing your bachelor’s degree online, there are many tips and tricks you can employ to make your educational experience rewarding. Develop good time management skills Many individuals who enroll in online degree programs are working professionals who have other demands on their time, such as families or full-time jobs. Furthermore, students […]

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Interested In Accounting? Consider Pursuing These Four Management Roles

The complexity of the accounting function lends itself to a number of challenging leadership opportunities. If you are interested in pursuing an advanced accounting degree from the UAB Collat School of Business, it’s important to understand what types of careers might await you post-graduation. Management Roles These career paths are often associated positive growth rates […]

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Is An Online MBA Degree Worth It?

Why get an online MBA? Ask any Master of Business Administration (MBA) graduate and the answer is clear: Leadership skills, networking opportunities, strategic problem-solving expertise and business acumen. All from the comfort of Internet-connected technology. A recent U.S. Department of Education survey found a nearly 30 percent increase in students graduating with MBA degrees over […]

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Five Trends in Cloud Computing

Cloud computing has been a force to be reckoned with for the past five years, and its growth is expected to continue at an exponential rate in 2017 as large enterprise clients shift their workloads to the cloud en masse. The technology behind the cloud has come a long way. Improvements in analytics capabilities and […]

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Five Things To Know Before Enrolling In An Online MBA Program

Master of Business Administration students may be mid- or senior-level professionals looking to earn more money, switch careers, or gain new skills in areas such as leadership, communication, and management. Because many potential graduate students are employed full time, an online degree program, such as the University of Alabama at Birmingham’s (UAB) online MBA, can […]

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How big data is affecting individuals working in information systems

Organizations across myriad sectors have embraced the big data revolution. Enterprise analytics spending is expected to increase more than 12 percent to $150.8 billion this year alone, according to research from International Data Corporation. Why? These tools produce demonstrable results, lending users the scalability needed to effectively navigate the ever-changing modern marketplace. Of course, the […]

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Career path: How to become a CTO

Opportunities are numerous in the technology arena. Firms within this sector are recruiting for roughly 86,000 openings, according to research from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. With the amount of jobs on the market, information technology professionals with the right education and technical knowledge can settle into truly stimulating roles that put them on the […]

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How An MBA Degree Can Help You Jumpstart Your Own Business

If you’re planning to start your own business, you may think you don’t need an MBA degree. Look at Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, and Mark Zuckerberg, for example. They all dropped out of college and still achieved entrepreneurial greatness. However, those guys tend to be the exception. Most of the entrepreneurs who are changing the […]

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Online BS in Accounting or online BS in Finance: Which is right for me?

When enrolling in a bachelor’s degree program, it’s important that you choose the specific degree program that’s right for you, as the course of study you select will affect the skills you will develop and the preparation you’ll gain for your future career. If you’re considering a career related to financial matters, you may see […]

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BS in Information Systems to MS in Management Information Systems: Which one (or both) is right for me?

Technology is dominating nearly every aspect of our world and completely transforming the way businesses today operate. Never before has there been a better time for students to earn a tech-related degree, especially if it provides them with key competencies in areas that pertain to both technology and business. As organizations of all size and […]

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Career outcomes with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting degree

Beginning your academic journey toward a new degree is preceded by a series of important decisions. The two biggest decisions many future students focus on are choosing the right university and degree program. While these are important, there’s a third consideration to keep in mind that may be just as, if not more, important: their […]

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Bachelor to Master of Accounting: Is one (or both) right for you?

Accountants possess a highly sought-after skill set that every individual and company in America values: an understanding of tax law and how to manage finances. Though technology has changed the way the accounting field looks, Accountants will likely always be in high demand. In fact, according to a recent jobs report from the U.S. Bureau […]

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FAQs about the Master of Accounting (MAc) enrollment process

Enrolling in a Master of Accounting program can be a major step forward in the career of accountants from a variety of backgrounds. Whether involved in banking, nonprofits, the private sector or a local, state or federal government agency, a Master of Accounting degree can provide graduates with the additional skills and experience necessary to […]

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MAc, MSF, MBA – Which program is right for me?

When it comes time to choose the specific path for an advanced degree, making the decision can be difficult. There are many options, even when working professionals know they want to focus on a business-centered degree related to how a company uses, manages and tracks its money. Want to gain a better understanding of the […]

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Career outcomes with a bachelor’s degree in Information Systems

When choosing a major, college students must take into account the various employment opportunities different degrees would prepare them for. Ideally, you will study something that both interests and excites you, but also a field that has strong potential for your professional future. For many, pursuing a degree in computer science or technology is the […]

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How will IT affect the future of technology?

Device and software developers have, traditionally, propelled developments in the information technology sector. However, this long-standing state of affairs is beginning to change, as enterprises find new ways to deploy existing technology and construct internal product development teams tasked with creating bottom line-building solutions from scratch. In short, innovation is no longer solely the province […]

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How MS MIS majors are making a difference to businesses

Graduates of the online Master of Science in Management Information Systems program at the University of Alabama at Birmingham can carve out impactful careers within myriad industries. MS MIS degree holders have gone on to earn key IT leadership roles at organizations of all kinds, leveraging their diverse skill sets to enhance internal workflows and […]

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Net-iquette tips to help you thrive in an online learning environment

The way we communicate with one another, as well as the way we learn, has changed drastically in the last several years. While etiquette is essential in both virtual and real-life interactions, digital communication requires its own unique considerations. Following etiquette rules for the 21st century builds connections, strengthens our relationships and enhances the way […]

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Bachelor of Science in Accounting curriculum: What you may learn at UAB

Before you can enter the world of accounting, a degree is highly important. The University of Alabama at Birmingham’s online Bachelor of Science in Accounting program is ideal for the student who wants a quality education in accounting from an AACSB-accredited university and the flexibility of an online program. Virtually every individual and business can […]

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Tips to work at home as an accounting professional

There are plenty of advantages to pursuing a career in accounting. One of the perks that has become increasingly more common in today’s ever-connected world is the ability to work from home. Accounting professionals who work with their clients on a mostly digital platform have the ability to work from virtually anywhere with an internet […]

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A transfer student’s guide to switching to the University of Alabama at Birmingham Collat School of Business

Students transferring between schools are much more common than you might first expect it to be, and far less stigmatic than seemingly purported to be. According to a recent study from the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center, of the 3.6 million first-time students who entered college in fall 2008, more than one-third (37.2 percent) transferred […]

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Bachelor of Science in Information Systems curriculum: What you may learn at UAB

Are you interested in what goes on behind the scenes of technology in our everyday lives? The 100 percent online curriculum of the University of Alabama at Birmingham’s Bachelor of Science in Information Systems degree explores four key components of information systems: management, data, networks and security. What does that look like in practice? Read […]

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Online MBA Career Spotlight: Financial Advisors

Financial advisors help their clients meet long- and short-term financial goals by providing advice about insurance, investments, college savings, mortgages, taxes, estate planning, and retirement. They also design and implement financial plans to fit their clients’ individual needs and financial situations. The University of Alabama at Birmingham’s online MBA program with a concentration in finance […]

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Old IT systems hurt businesses, but IT pros may help

According to Computer Weekly, some banking companies still rely on computer systems that date back to the 1970s. One of the main obstacles holding back businesses from switching from a legacy IT system is a “If it’s not broke, why fix it?” mentality. However, the rate of technology is changing rapidly, and that means potential […]

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Career outcomes with an online Master of Accounting (MAc) degree

An online Master of Accounting degree can help professionals in the accounting world reach the next level in their career. Earning this achievement generally means qualifying to sit for the Certified Professional Accountant exam – although exact requirements vary by state. But CPA certification is not the only benefit. There are a number of career […]

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4 tips to help pass your first CPA exam

The Certified Professional Accountant exam is a major milestone in the lives of many accounting and finance professionals. Passing the test means gaining the potential career benefits offered by earning the CPA designation. While the standards for sitting for and passing the CPA exam differ from state to state, having a strong idea of how […]

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Why building communication skills in IT is important – and how to do it

Technical knowledge is often considered the paramount asset within the information technology space. Firms do indeed seek out professionals with the fine-tuned programming and systems administration capabilities needed to conceive, design and deploy mission-critical technology. However, many also emphasize soft skills – especially when recruiting for key leadership roles such as chief technology officer. What […]

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Unexpected career challenges in IT – and how to overcome them

The global information technology sector is expected to grow more than 4 percent to $3.5 trillion this year, according to research from industry group CompTIA. This continued expansion bodes well for IT professionals of all areas, signaling years of promising organizational and technological innovation. Of course, with maturation comes disruption, a phenomenon with which individuals […]

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Career outcomes with a BS in Industrial Distribution

Are you fascinated by the mechanics of large-scale businesses? Do you enjoy making complicated processes simple and streamlined? And are you a creative problem-solver? Then you may be interested in a career in the exciting field of industrial distribution. This engaging industry deals with supplying manufacturers and other organizations with the items and tools they […]

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It’s Never Too Late To Go Back For Your MBA

Earning an MBA can be a career booster for all types of people, no matter what their background is or where they are on the career ladder. People with many years of experience or those who have owned their own companies for decades can benefit from additional business education. The online MBA program at the […]

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UAB Ranked #45 as Best Colleges for Veterans by U.S. News & World Report

UAB made one of the top-ranked schools in “Best Colleges” rankings that participate in federal initiatives helping veterans and active service members apply, pay for and complete their degrees.

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Introducing UAB’s New UAB COLLAT School of Business

Board Acknowledges $25 Million Gift, Approves Naming UAB’s Collat School of Business The UAB School of Business will be named for longtime supports Charles and Patsy Collat in recognition of their $25 million in gifts and pledges to the school. The naming, approved by the University of Alabama System’s Board of Trustees, comes as the […]

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UAB Online Accounting Program Earns Top 10 Ranking

The UAB online accounting program has been ranked seventh in the nation by the Open Education Database(OEDb). The School of Business program is the highest ranked online accounting program in the Southeast. OEDb analyzed 852 programs using quantitative metrics gathered from third parties, including the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Post-secondary Education. The School […]

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UAB School of Business Makes Top Social Media List

Online MBA Page.com ranks the UAB School of Business among the Top 50 Social Media Friendly MBA Schools. The list ranks UAB’s MBA program at No. 44 out of more than 400 campus-based business schools from across the United States. Schools were ranked based on their social media presence on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, LinkedIn and […]

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International Banking Expert and Professor, Andreas Rauterkus, Discusses Possible Levy on Bank Accounts

It seems like a ridiculous thing to have to ask: could the U.S. government arbitrarily take 10 percent of your savings directly from your bank account? But that’s precisely what’s being loosely discussed in the European island nation of Cyprus. Read more here.

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How to Find Purpose in the Business World

Can You Find Purpose in Earning Profits? Our work makes up such a large portion of our lives that it is natural to stop and wonder if we are reaching our potential in pursuing a purposeful career. Sometimes that means leaving our current job and moving into a similar role at a non-profit organization, or […]

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Top 10 Accounting Terms

Speak Like an Accountant Being well-versed in the language of accounting speaks volumes about your seriousness for the profession. The more you learn through the course of your education, the more natural these terms will become. Top 10 Terms for Technical Talks Transaction A transaction is any financial activity – a payment, withdrawal, receipt or […]

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Top 10 Accounting Terms

Speak Like an Accountant Being well-versed in the language of accounting speaks volumes about your seriousness for the profession. The more you learn through the course of your education, the more natural these terms will become. Top 10 Terms for Technical Talks Transaction A transaction is any financial activity – a payment, withdrawal, receipt or […]

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Top 5 Tips for Being Productive at Work

You arrive at the office each morning with a resolve to accomplish more. By noon, you’ve abandoned plans for lunch, and by 5 you’re phoning home (again) to inform the family to go ahead and eat dinner without you. What’s wrong? Why can’t you get everything done? As it happens, a few changes can make […]

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7 Reasons You Should Choose Accounting

Students have longer now than any other time in history to answer the question, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” Most colleges allow you to attend full-time for two years before declaring a major, and many people decide to pursue a new or second career well into their 30s, 40s, 50s, […]

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An Overview of Forensic Accounting

Life as an accountant means more than just crunching numbers. Accountants fill key roles in many areas of a business. Some analyze data and identify opportunities to increase revenues or redundancies that can be combined to reduce expenses, while others consult with management teams, advise on product decisions, acquisitions, overhead costs, and more. As a […]

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5 Important Principles of Modern Accounting

Whether you’re in the business of selling widgets, providing cleaning services, tending to animals, or manufacturing industrial equipment, your business operates under the same basic principles of modern accounting. These principles are generally accepted practices of accounting, which became commonplace in the 1800′s, though the original concepts are as old as ancient Mesopotamia. The world of accounting […]

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Corporate Finance: An Overview

Most companies are in the business of making money. But what happens to that money once it’s earned — who makes the decisions on how to manage it, maximizing its potential while minimizing any risk? Key Functions Corporate finance covers two key functions: accounting and finance. Where they differ is that accounting oversees the minutia […]

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4 Cool Jobs an Information Systems Degree Can Open Up

Technology-driven fields are growing at an astounding rate due to our increasingly technological society. However, you might be surprised by some of the interesting jobs available to those with an Information Systems degree, jobs that consistently report competitive salaries and high job satisfaction. The fields of information systems and information technology are quite similar, but […]

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Data-Driven Social Media Marketing

Social media is the world’s largest pool for market research. Much of its value comes from what people are sharing and how they express their preferences, but what used to be quantified by counting likes, shares, retweets, and follows has evolved into brands being able to identify what people are thinking and feeling, what’s working […]

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Top Businesses To Be In

A business degree is one of the most flexible options out there. Any organization in any industry — from marine biology to theatre — needs people managing the books, marketing, and production. However, there are some industries that are growing faster than others. Start looking into these four fields if you want to quickly find […]

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Entrepreneurship Tips: When to Listen and When to Tune Out

Everyone seems to have tips for how entrepreneurs can run a successful business. Unfortunately, not all of this advice is well-founded. There are times when you have to learn to tune out bad advice, and when to actually follow good advice. Here are a few people to ignore and a few to whom you should […]

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Why Get Your Degree in Information Systems?

If you love technology and are looking for a way to pursue it as a career, an information systems degree is likely to be right up your alley. You’ll be able to throw yourself into a wide range of professional endeavors and will be capable of easily working your way up to department manager. Because […]

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Develop Your Leadership Skills as an Information Systems Management Leader

As businesses place increasingly higher importance on technical innovation and integration, developing your skills in how to extract and analyze data can help set you apart in the job market. Business analytics professionals are unique in that they live at the intersection of business and technology, leveraging their business savvy with technical expertise to have […]

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Management Techniques and Leadership Strategies You Can Use Right Now

Whether you’re taking your first foray into leadership or you simply want to enhance your style and tap into a new process, here are 6 techniques that can boost your ability to lead and improve the performance of your team. 1. Motivate, Don’t Dominate It often happens that new leaders have trouble exerting power and […]

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5 Careers in Finance You Need to Know About

Healthcare is commonly hailed as the industry with the best job prospects, but that’s not giving proper credit to the financial sector. The economy is slowly growing, and so is the number of available finance positions. This is primarily the result of small businesses expanding and requiring more manpower. If you want a good salary, […]

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All About Marketing – Careers, Opportunities and Interests for the Marketing Degree Holder

Earning a marketing degree online is the first step toward building a career within an industry that can be extremely lucrative. For example, marketing managers throughout the U.S. earn an average salary of more than $119,000, which places them above several other management roles. In fact, the annual Best Jobs in Business report ranks marketing […]

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The Keys to Property Appraisal and Assessment

According to the latest data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the mean annual wage for real estate appraisers is $57,000. This speaks to the importance of the property appraisal, a process necessary to most real estate transactions, taxation assessments, and building approvals. The role of the appraiser is to explore the property systematically, analyzing […]

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How Technology is Changing the Way We Do Business

The accelerated growth of technology and the corresponding proliferation of big data have given business leaders greater access to a range of analytics that give them visibility into their organization. Where extracting data was previously a largely manual process, modern tools have increased its availability and accessibility and allowed organizations to become more pro-active and […]

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Growing Salaries for US Tech Professionals

The University of Alabama’s Collat School of Business’s Online Information Systems programs can prepare you for many of the careers in the growing technology and IS industries. According to Dice.com, one of the leading tech placement firms, salaries and confidence are on the rise for U.S. tech professionals. In 2013, the average U.S. tech salary increased by 2.6% […]

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US News Ranks UAB Among its “Up-and-Coming” Schools

UAB is one of nine public universities included in the U.S. News and World Report national ranking of “Up-and-Coming Schools”. That means it was among the most cited as making the most promising and innovative changes in the areas of academics, faculty, and student life.

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What Every Business Person Should Know About Analytics

For any business to succeed, it needs to continually acquire and convert new customers, then engage and retain them. The proliferation of big data, made possible by advances in technology, the internet, and social media, have allowed businesses to capture large amounts of customer and operational information. Analyzing this data gives business leaders’ visibility into […]

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The Diversity of Management: 4 Career Doors a Management Degree in Information Systems Can Open

Technology is increasingly prevalent in American culture, so it’s no surprise that information technology (IT) jobs are on the rise. At the same time, there is an increased need for information systems (IS) managers to help coordinate and execute company plans. Technology is at the epicenter of almost all job sectors, so there are also […]

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5 Reasons You Should Get a Management Degree

Whether you’re looking to learn how to manage a small business or become part of a multinational corporation, a degree in management can make your goals a reality. Here are five reasons to invest in your future with a Master’s degree. 1. Explore Versatile Career Paths Almost any business you can think of needs management. […]

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5 Signs That Becoming a CPA Might Be Right For You

Entering the job market as a certified public accountant (CPA) is an exciting endeavor. This is a rewarding field and is extremely fast-paced and challenging as well. Crunching numbers accurately is one part of the job, but a CPA is also required to have the right type of people skills to succeed. According to the […]

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The Evolution of Big Data

The term ‘data science’ has recently emerged to refer specifically to the profession that has recently merged statistics with computer science to help make sense of the vast pool of big data. In fact, this transition has been so profound that Harvard Business Review defines two eras in the use of analytics – before big […]

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4 Lucrative Careers You Can Pursue With a Management Degree

A management degree can open doors for individuals who are looking for a stable, exciting career. The flexibility of having a degree in this field of study allows individuals to choose from a wide range of specializations and industries. Here are four careers to explore. Management Consultant Management consultants provide professional advice for companies that […]

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Uncommon Accounting Jobs You Should Consider

While your accounting degree can lead to a prosperous and rewarding career in fields like investment banking or consulting, the unfortunate reality can be that there are more students than opportunities available in these traditional financial fields. But just because you may not secure a more glamorous title on graduation doesn’t mean you shouldn’t still […]

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Four In-Demand Jobs for Economics Majors

You may have gone into economics intending to get a government job where you study and analyze the economic conditions of the country; however, as you have progressed in your studies, you now see that there are many other opportunities for you. If you are open to thinking outside the economics box, you will find […]

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5 Fastest Growing Accounting Firms

Accounting firms play an essential role in the support of large companies. As an industry grows, so does the need for exceptional accounting services. Because of this symbiotic trend, top-level accounting firms such as the ones mentioned below flourish when aligned with competitive businesses. PwC (PricewaterhouseCoopers) PwC is an international professional services firm that is […]

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What You Need to Know About Economic Growth

To the vast majority of Americans, words like “recession” and “economic crash” were relics from history. They were words from Steinbeck novels, from history books, and grainy Pathe newsreels from a time before the heady optimism and unbridled progress of post-war America. Then 2008 happened, and all that changed. Looking back on it now, it’s […]

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Three Reasons Millennials Should Consider a Career in Accounting

If we’re to paint millennials with a broad stroke, the group isn’t terribly fond of anything perceived as “the system” that is corporate America. The drudgery of a 9-5 desk job (that they likely hate), only to “buy things we don’t need with money we don’t have to impress people we don’t like,” can feel […]

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4 Reasons to Get a Degree in Information Systems Instead of Computer Science

If you’re interested in a dynamic career that offers the satisfaction of helping people use computers as tools, an Information Systems (IS) degree might be the perfect choice for you. It’s important to know the basic differences between an IS degree and one in Computer Science (CS). Not surprisingly, CS is about computers, and the […]

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Why Managers Fail – A Look at Common Misconceptions in Management

Failure at the management level is at epidemic proportions, according to a 2014 Gallup poll. As the study explains, companies make the wrong choice in selecting managers 82 percent of the time. The study also found that managers account for 70 percent of employees’ issues with engagement. Low employee engagement leads to low productivity, which […]

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Necessary Skills for Business Information System Professionals

As businesses place increasingly higher priorities on technical innovation and integration, developing your skills in how to generate, deliver, and secure data can help set you apart in the job market. The University of Alabama at Birmingham’s Collat School of Business’ online bachelor’s in information systems will equip you with the necessary skills to effectively […]

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Understanding Your Education – 5 Classes to Look Forward To

If you’re about to embark into the world of accounting, then there are many number-crunching classes to look forward to. From classes that will prepare you for the CPA and ethics exams to completing the necessary CPE courses after you obtain your license, here is just some of the exciting coursework involved when you set […]

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Peering into the Future – The Accounting Outlook

When you picture an accountant, you might think of an impersonal number cruncher huddled over a calculator in a green eyeshade. In reality, most accountants of today are light years away from this stereotype. Of course accountants must still be detail-oriented, trustworthy, and good with numbers, but the nature of accounting work has evolved considerably. […]

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Great Jobs for those with a Bachelors in Accounting

Accounting is one of the oldest disciplines in business. Records dating back to Mesopotamia over 7,000 years ago show the earliest accountants keeping stock of crops and livestock. Today, accountants are more likely to be tracking a business’ revenues and expenses as well as preparing tax reports and ensuring compliance with operational regulations. They’re essential […]

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Collat School of Business Accounting Program Receives Endorsement by IMA

The University of Alabama at Birmingham’s Collat School of Business accounting program has earned endorsement by the Institute of Management Accountants (IMA) for its high educational standards, enabling students to pursue and earn the Certified Management Accountant (CMA) credential. The IMA is one of the largest and most respected associations focused on furthering the management […]

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The Future of Health Care Information Systems

Health care information systems are in for a shift in structure. As technology becomes increasingly integrated into consumer lifestyles, innovations are changing the type of information collected and its method of use. Technological advancements also allow health care information systems to become more holistic and spherical in focus, instead of the linear cause-and-effect relationships of earlier generations. Going forward, all that […]

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In-House vs. Out Sourced Marketing

Every organization must engage in some level of marketing to attract a steady flow of customers and revenue. Marketing is both an art and a science, made more complex depending on the industry and target audience. How do owners and executives decide whether to keep marketing activities in-house, or outsource to a reputable agency or […]

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The Importance of Mobile: All About Cross-Device Marketing

Online marketing was a much simpler proposition just a few years ago, when nearly all Internet traffic occurred on a desktop PC. Today, however, the average consumer owns several connected devices, from smartphones to wearables to TV screens. In fact, Internet use has shifted significantly; in 2014, for the first time, more Internet traffic occurred […]

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Five Reasons to Get Your Accounting Degree Online

Enrolling in an accounting degree program is a smart investment in your most valuable asset – yourself. And enrolling in an accounting degree program online gives you the flexibility to study at your own pace and on your own schedule, making it a fit for your busy lifestyle. Accountants are in demand in the private, […]

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Changes on the Way in Accounting

In 1939, partly as a response to the stock market crash of 1929 and the ensuing Great Depression, the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) created the Committee on Accounting Procedure. This body ultimately evolved into the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) in 1973. Since 2008, the FASB has been responsible for collating and […]

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The Security of Healthcare Information Systems

The healthcare industry is rapidly embracing technological innovations that allow digitization and automation of physical and manual records and processes. This transition offers tremendous benefits to providers, companies, and patients in the form of cost savings and convenience, but does it have an unforeseen cost? Medical records contain some of the most sensitive information about […]

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Five Finance Blogs to Follow Now

Though you might not think of finance as a social career, many professionals in the field have developed an engaging social presence. The democratization and accessibility of the internet gives experts from all industries a platform for sharing information in real time, allowing for timely commentary on topics as developments occur. With a mix of […]

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4 Ways Tech Is the Key to Disruption in Health Care

Technology has consistently been a driver of change in health care, but make no mistake, the industry is about to experience some major disruption. When the dust settles, the entire health care system will be more efficient, more accurate, and likely cost a great deal less to execute. Below are four ways technology is positively disrupting health care. 1. […]

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The Top 5 Marketing Campaigns of All Time

Every marketer’s dream is creating a big hit. Maybe it’s a piece of content or video that goes viral, or an ad that wins a coveted CLIO Award. Over the years, the world has been treated to some amazing campaigns, some so engaging and entertaining they don’t feel like advertising at all. Here are five […]

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4 Keys to an Information Security Policy

Business owners know that protecting their companies’ assets is important. Information is one of those assets, and in today’s digital world, technology is integral to storing and sharing even the most sensitive corporate information. A comprehensive information security policy is critical to protecting your business, employees, and customers. Below are four of the most important […]

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Choosing Your Business Degree: Which One is Right for You?

A business degree is a valuable asset to help you create opportunities to join a new career or advance it, particularly in leadership roles. And like any project, taking the time to plan your career goals will help you work backwards and tailor your studies to reach them. Carefully consider the trajectory you would like […]

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UAB’s Collat School of Business Ranked Among Best Online Programs for Veterans in 2015

U.S. News and World Report have released its 2015 rankings of “Best Online Programs for Veterans”. The University of Alabama at Birmingham has been ranked as having one of the “Best Online Bachelors Programs for Veterans”, as well as one of the “Best Online Graduate Business Programs for Veterans”.

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University of Alabama at Birmingham’s Collat School of Business Professor Ave Jack Earns Recognition From Quality Matters

Ave Jack, professor in UAB’s Collat School of Business recently submitted her online course, Essentials of Financial Literacy, for review through a nationally ranked program called Quality Matters. Quality Matters (QM) has gained national attention for its faculty peer review process using three QM certified reviewers. To earn recognition, the course must meet each of […]

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UAB’s business school becomes first in state to require internships

The Collat School of Business at the University of Alabama at Birmingham is enriching its coursework by requiring all students to complete an internship or similar experience prior to graduation. Collat is the first business school in Alabama to make this requirement a part of the curricula.

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Avoiding Common Online Learning Mistakes

The flexibility of online learning can make it a highly effective alternative method of delivery, but it isn’t without its unique challenges. Students must be mature, self-disciplined, organized, and have excellent time management skills to succeed. Ironically, it’s the same flexibility that makes online learning so attractive to students that can sometimes cause others to […]

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UAB Online Master of Accounting Ranked #3 Among “Best Online Degree Programs” by TopAccountingDegrees.org

The University of Alabama at Birmingham’s Collat School of Business’s Online Master of Accounting program was recently ranked #3 “Best Online Degree Programs” by TopAccountingDegrees.org. The ranking is based on factors like UAB’s 80% CPA exam pass rate and a program curriculum that produces analytically-minded and well-rounded professionals.

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These Will Be The Hottest Accounting Trends in 2015

Accountants have to be on the lookout for changes in the tax code and plan for proposed changes in tax regulation, but there are also trends within the business of accounting. Understanding the hottest trends can help you make sure your firm is at the forefront of your local economy. Here are trends you should […]

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Healthcare Information Systems: A Rundown

Record-keeping may not be exciting, but it saves lives in hospitals, makes it possible for breakthroughs to be recorded and built on by future generations of researchers, and keeps America’s complex web of agencies, science facilities, and medical institutions in touch. Healthcare and Hospital Information Systems (HIS) have come a long way since the 1990s, […]

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What You Didn’t Know About Doing Taxes in 2015

Doing your own taxes this year? What you don’t know could cost you. The U.S. tax code is not the easiest thing to understand. In fact, only about half of all Americans are able to answer the most basic income tax questions. Here are the changes you need to know for 2015: Retirement Image via Flickr by 401(k) 2013 […]

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What’s Happening to Malls in America?

The shopping mall: the quintessential symbol of post-war optimism and prosperity, a convenient one-stop shop, everything a consumer could need in one place. For five decades, the mall was king, appearing in one form or another in every major town and city across the U.S., but in recent years, this dominant force of American consumerism […]

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4 Best Areas for Management of Information Systems

They say that knowledge is power, and maybe that is true — if that knowledge is organized and easy to digest. Sometimes information comes in the form of huge amounts of data that can easily overwhelm people who don’t have the proper training. That is why people who are familiar with the management of information systems (MIS) […]

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Why Get a Master’s Degree?

With a turbulent job market, many professionals are choosing to go back to school to pursue an advanced degree that will give them a competitive advantage, help grow their careers and improve their salaries. Entering any graduate program is an important decision that will likely impact your life for years to come. If you are […]

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It’s Tax Time! 6 Tips for Survival

It’s that time of year again — tax season. With the April 15 deadline drawing near, it is time to get your taxes filed and start planning for next year. Before you get started, make sure you understand the new tax laws that went into effect in 2014. If you are not using a tax […]

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Women in Business: A Trend That Is and Should Be Growing

Traditionally, women have not fared as well as men in the workplace, with most women earning just three-quarters of what their male counterparts make — but that is only half the story. For the last 20 years, more women have opted to start their own businesses than ever before, even outpacing men, and they have […]

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UAB’s Collat School of Business’s Green and Gold Fund Earns Top Honors in International Investment Competition

A team from UAB’s Collat School of Business’s Green and Gold Fund, an award winning, student-led investment fund, took home second place in a futures trading competition against hundreds of teams from 226 universities representing 37 countries. CME Group’s Trading Challenge is an electronic investments trading completion, and the UAB team placed first among all […]

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UAB Online Accounting Program Ranked #1

The University of Alabama at Birmingham’s Collat School of Business’s Online Bachelor of Science in Accounting program has been selected by TheBestSchools.org as number one in its recent ranking of “The 25 Best Online Bachelor in Accounting Degree Programs.” The rankings are based on quality of program, types of courses provided, and faculty strength, as […]

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Economic Changes for 2015

2015 is a new year, bright with possibilities. But what does the future hold for the economy? Take a look at some of the expert predictions for the economic year ahead. Falling Oil Prices Stimulate Global Growth Image via Flickr by JeepersMedia At the start of the summer in 2014, a barrel of Brent crude […]

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Real Estate Finance in an Economy That’s Bouncing Back

The U.S. economy is recovering little by little from exceptionally hard times in recent memory. Unemployment is the lowest it’s been since 2008, gas prices are low, and the first steps have been taken toward affordable health care reform. Now that more money is in the hands of American citizens, real estate has become more […]

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5 Things You Didn’t Know About E-Commerce Marketing

E-commerce is one of the fastest growing segments of the economy, increasing nearly 14 percent in 2013. While Internet giants like Amazon control a large percentage of the e-commerce pie, many smaller retailers are doing brisk business by harnessing the power of e-commerce, too. Today, businesses that want to remain competitive and increase profitability need […]

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5 Top Careers in Finance

During the Great Recession of December 2007 to June 2009 and its aftermath, many top employers in finance and accounting pulled back from hiring; some even reduced their workforce. Today, however, the economy is recovering, and, according to a recent survey from CareerBuilders and its sister site, MoneyJobs.com, hiring in the finance sector is on […]

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The Marketer’s Toolbox for 2015

In the year 2014, marketing plunged ahead into new and uncharted territory. Here are some of the new tools and techniques to be aware of for the 2015 marketing year. Social Media In keeping with the last several years, social media is still the biggest hotspot for advertising in 2015. Companies that provide their followers […]

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4 Apps That All Accountants Need

From juggling numerous tasks in a single workday to keeping up with increased workloads during tax season, accountants have a lot on their plates. Luckily, there are a number of apps on the market that can help make your work life a little easier. With accounting efficiency in mind, here are four apps that all […]

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6 Interesting Classes to Look Forward to When Pursuing Management

If you’ve ever gained satisfaction from organizing events or people, then management is probably the career path for you. Once you’ve chosen to be a management major, finding the perfect curriculum is integral to your knowledge base and potential success in the business world. Here are a few can’t miss classes you should consider when […]

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5 Skills Every Information Systems Student Needs to Succeed

Information systems is a hot new career path that can reflect some of the biggest earnings potential on the job market today. However, this isn’t exactly breaking news. In order to make you more attractive to prospective employers, it’s important that you learn a certain skillset. Here are five skills you need to succeed in […]

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Are You the Right Fit? 4 Ways to Tell Management Is Right for You

Many who strive to rise in the ranks of a company have trouble proving that they are promotion-ready or establishing a strong enough image in a sea of employees. For those just entering higher education and the work force, deciding what role to take becomes that much more difficult. Companies always need and desire strong […]

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Do You Know Your Degree? Understanding Information Systems

Many invest in a college education or higher degree to broaden their career prospects and gain the skills and knowledge appropriate for a higher-income position. However, navigating the vast array of degree choices and programs can prove confusing, at times misguiding students into a major that does not suit their goals. With technology and computer-related […]

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