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Schools of accounting.

Schools of accounting have grown in stature and influence since the first one was established in 1973, a movement that has received the ongoing endorsement of the American Institute of CPAs. Today many schools of accounting are leaders in the changes sweeping accounting education.

Because they are separate academic units and thus have control over their curriculums, the schools can restructure their accounting programs quickly to keep pace with the changing needs of the marketplace. In addition, they can significantly influence tenure and promotion policies to get the faculty they want.

The schools, which have proved to be effective vehicles for recruiting the best and brightest students, offer many benefits, such as top-notch faculty with significant practical experience who like the professional school environment.

Schools of accounting have established a close relationship with the public accounting profession. CPA firms provide individual schools with instructors to teach classes, members for their advisory boards, support for curriculum revision and financial resources. This close relationship is especially important in today's quickly changing practice environment as firms are being asked to expand both the quality and quantity of their services. Schools of accounting can help firms deliver these services by supplying high-quality professional staff with the skills, abilities and knowledge to keep pace with the new dimensions of business on national and international levels.

Working in partnership with practice and industry, schools of accounting have been, and will continue to be, effective providers of quality individuals to the business world.

By MICHAEL DIAMOND, CPA, dean of the School of Accounting, University of Southern California, Los Angeles.
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Title Annotation:Accounting Education
Author:Diamond, Michael
Publication:Journal of Accountancy
Date:Oct 1, 1991
Words:262
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