Is Accounting Education Failing Students? The Case for a Skills-Based Curriculum of 4C Plus 1
Journal of the CPA Practitioner, 7(2), 5-8, 2015
4 Pages Posted: 20 Nov 2015
Date Written: October 15, 2015
Accounting education has not changed enough in response to the financial scandals and crises of the last two decades. Employers today demand a set of skills that will enable employees to be life-long learners, yet colleges are too narrowly focused on technical knowledge with an increasingly short life-span. We advocate for a skills-based curriculum of the four C’s identified as critical by employers: Communication, Collaboration, Critical Thinking, and Creativity. We add a fifth C for Character/Integrity which, contrary to popular belief, can be taught.
Keywords: Accounting education, 4Cs, Communication, Collaboration, Critical Thinking, Creativity, Character
JEL Classification: C00, C10, C40, I20, L15, L21, L82, L86, M31, M37, O3
Suggested Citation: Suggested Citation