Class demand is so great schools can’t all meet it.
Just as Watergate swelled enrollment in journalism schools, Enron and similar scandals at the beginning of the decade spiked interest in accounting programs, say administrators at local universities – and both scandals and demand have affected curricula.
“In the early 2000s we changed the curriculum in response to Enron,” said Ruth Ann McEwen, director of the School of Accounting at Florida International University, “to reflect a higher emphasis on procedure and ethics – as did most universities. Ethics is a learning goal we look at every year. We try to assess how well our students are incorporating it.”
Though more recent scandals were less influential, she said, demand for accounting classes is so high that FIU can’t meet it.
“Most of our graduates are getting jobs in either the public or the private sector,” Dr. McEwen said. “We see about two-thirds of the demand coming from public accounting firms, so we emphasize what a student would need to know to be successful there.”
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Read: “Enron still echoes in retooled university accounting formats,“ an article from the Miami Today.