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AAA establishes Accounting Education Change Commission.


Ten years ago, proposals to change accounting education would have fallen on deaf ears, but not today, attendees at the American Accounting Association's 74th annual meeting were told.

Doyle Z. Williams, of the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, pointed to the new body created by the AAA--the Accounting Education Change Commission (AECC)--as the vehicle through which accounting education will be redesigned to prepare students for careers in public practice.

Williams, who is chairman of the new group, said the AECC was formed in response to a white paper, issued last April by the chief executive officers of the largest CPA firms, that focused on the key factors accountants should possess and urged the AAA to "guide the academic community in re-engineering the curriculum." The firms also pledged $4 million to implement its proposal.

The AECC's charge is to

* Act as a forum for the identification, examination and discussion of issues related to academic preparation of future accountants.

* Serve as a catalyst to bring about demonstrable improvements in accounting education such as curriculum restructuring, alternative education processes, developing new education materials and using and educating future accounting faculty differently.

* Award grants to schools to achieve the AECC's objectives.

* Oversee awards and grants made to third parties.

* Respond to public inquiries, communicate with interested segments of society and operate under "sunshine" principles.

* Report to the AAA executive committee on the AECC's efforts.
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Publication:Journal of Accountancy
Date:Dec 1, 1989
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