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Lakeland College's accounting program has been rated one of the nation's 25 best online bachelor's degree-earning programs by Accounting.com.

Each of the 25 schools is recognized by one of three prominent accrediting agencies for business and accounting programs. Accounting.com used its own methodology to weigh factors such as a school's reputation, graduation rate, quality of curriculum and student preference to identify a selection of more than 20 fully online programs.

Primary factors for ranking included academic rigor, selectivity, student satisfaction and long-term success.

Lakeland was rated No. 18 on the list. The complete list can be found here.

Lakeland Assistant Professor of Accounting Brett Killion said the national ranking reflects the time and effort the college has put into designing a modern, top-notch online curriculum.

"Our BlendEd technology makes online courses feel more like in-person classroom experiences for students," Killion said. "Our goal at Lakeland is for our accounting graduates to be hired quickly upon graduation, and we see that happening time and time again with students earning jobs at leading companies like ACUITY, Schenck SC and Orion Energy."

Lakeland's BlendEd classes allow students to choose the learning platform that best fits their schedule. Students can take courses in the traditional classroom, through a live classroom video broadcast using a personal computer or mobile device, watch a recorded video of the class later or work online with no face-to-face attendance required.

Lakeland's program was lauded by Accounting.com for producing graduates who are able to identify, analyze and solve financial problems and succeed in fields such as tax planning, business consulting and bookkeeping. Lakeland was also recognized for serving a large population of non-traditional students and the ranking noted that 95.4 percent of Lakeland's graduates are working within six months of graduation.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual salary for accountants and auditors is $63,550, with employment rates expected to grow 13 percent through 2022.

To learn more about Lakeland's Accounting program, click here.

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