Accounting education at a crossroad in 2010 and challenges facing accounting education in Australia
de Lange, Paul and Watty, Kim 2011, Accounting education at a crossroad in 2010 and challenges facing accounting education in Australia, Accounting education : an international journal, vol. 20, no. 6, pp. 625-630.
Of the various reports released in 2010, two purport to examine the state of accounting education in Australia. These are Accounting Education at a Crossroad in 2010 and Challenges Facing Accounting Education in Australia. Both were released as collaborations of the leading academic organisation, the Accounting and Finance Association of Australia and New Zealand (AFAANZ) or professional accounting bodies in Australia including the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia (ICAA), the Institute of Public Accountants (IPA),1 and Certified Practising Accountants of Australia (CPA Australia). As their titles imply, the main thrust of these reports is to examine the challenges facing accounting education in Australian universities and, as such, they act as the input for this AE Briefing. The main challenges articulated in these reports portray a sector suffering from the combined pressure of a large international student enrolment, high student-to-staff ratios, an inadequate funding model, and an ageing academic staff profile. By way of commentary, we suggest that, if these gloomy circumstances continue to develop unabated, then the future for the sector will play out as a ‘perfect storm’2 with the sector suffering on-going troubled development.
Field of Research
150199 Accounting, Auditing and Accountability not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective
930502 Management of Education and Training Systems
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