Accounting Courses Get a Makeover

The profession is working with schools to revamp undergraduate programs, to restore the craft's allure -- and to avoid future Enrons

In August, 2000, a pair of accounting professors made a dire prediction: Without a serious overhaul, university-level accounting education might not survive. "Really, it cannot get much worse," argued Brigham Young University's W. Steve Albrecht and Robert J. Sack of the University of Virginia in a 70-page monograph. The academics attacked everything from mediocre teaching to stultifying curriculums at most undergraduate accounting programs.

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