We hope you enjoyed your time at the Annual Meeting! We felt the momentum and enthusiasm around Pathways was strong and we wanted to thank you for making this Project a huge success!
For the first time, the Pathways Commission had a booth at the Exhibit Hall which displayed all of our newest reports. Along with providing members with our newly published materials, the booth facilitated invigorating discussions about Pathways projects and possible future directions in accounting higher education. The booth was instrumental in connecting members and Commissioners in a more collaborative way allowing for the exchange of new exciting ideas and insights to emerge. On Tuesday morning, Pete and Carolyn Wilson visited the booth and gave a special presentation to the lucky visitors who happened to be visiting the booth at that time. This was a very special surprise, one that we hope will be repeated at next year’s Annual Meeting!
In addition to the booth, Pathways had four panel sessions that highlighted the work we have accomplished since last August. While the first session provided an overview of the progress of all six recommendations, the remaining three sessions provided a more detailed examination of the Commissions work on curriculum, advance placement and integrating professionally oriented faculty more fully into the faculty. All four sessions were followed by great discussions, demonstrating the continued interest and engagement in the Pathways mission by members who are ready to implement these new ideas at their institution. Overall, we felt that Pathway’s presence and mission was positively received and we look forward to your comments and future participation!
Two years have now passed since the issuance of the Pathways Commission report: Charting a National Strategy for the Next Generation of Accountants. In its second year of implementation, The Pathways Commission continues to be focused on the overall goal of enhancing the quality and integrity of the educational process for future accountants, making sure that the pipeline of future accountants is robust and building a learned profession through greater connectivity between the academic and practice elements of the profession.
During this second year of implementation we have begun to realize the fruits of many hours of concentrated effort by so many outstanding volunteers. Through the work of the Recommendation Leaders and their task forces, specific and actionable changes for accounting education and the practice community have been introduced and are being adopted by increasing numbers of faculty and other stakeholders with a vested interest in enhancing accounting higher education.
Implementation activity occurred in every recommendation area during this second year of concentrated effort. Several major papers which dig deeper into the opportunities and impediements to accounting education change are being published and can be reviewed in detail by clicking on individual Recommendation pages. A major survey of accounting department chairs is currently underway and will be published soon. As anticipated at the beginning of the implementation process, the original recommendations and the additional insights from initial implementation efforts are leading to exciting new ideas and perhaps provocative additional recommendations. Our focus this year has two major components—tangible results from existing recommendations and establishing a sustainable process for educational change into the future.
While significant implementation progress was made on many recommendations, here are a few key highlights for the second year of activity:
The recommendation leaders and task force participants are proud of the work that has been done in a short period of time and are also excited about the prospects for future new ideas and enhancements to accounting higher education. We all look forward to hearing your thoughts and comments as we move this process forward. Most especially, we look forward to your reports of individual implementation success in your classrooms, accounting departments, accounting firms and companies or wherever you have the ability to positively influence the future of accounting higher education.
Bill Ezzell, Deloitte, LLP (Partner, retired) and Mark Higgins, Dean and the Alfred J. Verrecchia and Hasbro Inc., Leadership Chair in Business, University of Rhode Island
This recently published article in the June 2014 Journal of Accountancy titled, Highlights of Ethics Research supports Pathways Commission’s efforts and Recommendation No. 1 goal to “build a learned profession for the future by purposeful integration of accounting research, education, and practice for students, accounting practioners, and educators". The dissemination of practice- related research to practitioners supports this recommendation. Please click here for the full text of the article.
|Michael ("Mick") Risdon||0||83||Michael Risdon||May 10, 2014|
|Perry W. Solheim, PhD||0||85||Perry Solheim||February 6, 2014|
|Chris Aquino, Asst Prof of Acctg, Niagara University||0||122||Christopher P. Aquino||July 27, 2013|
|Stephen A. Coetzee||0||95||Stephen A Coetzee||July 21, 2013|
|Jason P. Sharp, CPA, CFE||0||110||Jason Sharp||June 11, 2013|
|Amelia A. Baldwin||0||108||Amelia A. Baldwin||May 13, 2013|
|Diania McRae. Program Coordinator/Instructor||0||129||Diania McRae||April 27, 2013|
|Cindy Sobieski -- Partner, Deloitte||0||169||Cindy Sobieski||April 23, 2013|
|Specifically interested in 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4, 2.1, 2.2||0||136||James A DiGabriele||April 20, 2013|
|Jim Abbott||0||123||Jim Abbott||January 11, 2013|
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