Education: Changes in Introductory Financial Accounting.

As with many colleges and universities, Villanova University's accounting courses are in the process of being revamped to reflect important changes in the overall curriculum. These changes are driven by the college's strategic plan which, in turn, was developed to ensure that our business curriculum was producing graduates with the skills, knowledge and abilities demanded by the employers of our graduates. Noah Barsky wrote about changes that were made to our managerial accounting course in the Spring 1999 issue of the Pennsylvania CPA Journal. In this column, we will examine some changes in the introductory financial accounting course. To reflect the needs of the marketplace, changes in the financial accounting course include a shift from a preparer perspective toward a user perspective, emphasis on unstructured problem solving and teamwork, and the inclusion of technology though the active use of laptop computers. In a prerequisite course, our students gain familiarity with the internet and Microsoft Office 97, and they receive in-depth training in Excel. These changes might be a surprise to those of you who have been away from the college scene for a few years.

Main Author: Hiltebeitel, Kenneth M.
Other Authors: Krishman, Jayanthi.
Format: Villanova Faculty Authorship
Language: English
Published: 1999
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