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

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Dov Fischer

Brooklyn College, Murray Koppelman School of Business

Hershey H. Friedman

City University of New York - Department of Business Management

Date Written: October 15, 2015

Abstract

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

Fischer, Dov and Friedman, Hershey H., Is Accounting Education Failing Students? The Case for a Skills-Based Curriculum of 4C Plus 1 (October 15, 2015). Journal of the CPA Practitioner, 7(2), 5-8, 2015. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2692727

Dov Fischer

Brooklyn College, Murray Koppelman School of Business ( email )

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Brooklyn, NY NY - New York 11210
United States

Hershey H. Friedman (Contact Author)

City University of New York - Department of Business Management ( email )

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