Academic journal article Journal of Accountancy

The Accounting Graduate of the Future

Academic journal article Journal of Accountancy

The Accounting Graduate of the Future

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Accounting educators and employers of accounting graduates need to study carefully the demographics of their regions. Over the next several years, the characteristics and availability of accounting students and new accounting graduates will vary markedly from state to state. In some areas of the West and South, accounting departments are expected to be overrun with applicants while in other areas, particularly the Northeast, accounting programs may need new and creative ways to attract enough good students to justify their existence.

Two-year schools will play a pivotal role in the number of people majoring in accounting. An ever-growing percentage of the population is likely to start at junior colleges. Unfortunately, these students are much more likely than university students to drop out short of a degree; those who do complete baccalaureate degrees will take longer than four years.

The 1989 book Shaping Higher Education's Future: Demographic Realities and Opportunities, 1990-2000 by Levine, Arthur and Associates presents some important facts about the demographic changes of higher education:

* The number of college graduates during the next 20 years will depend heavily on the percentage of minority students completing a university education. …

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