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Liberal Arts Colleges

By Brad Lemler and Ph. D


accounting firms and the accounting academy, was formed in 1989 as an agent for facilitating change in accounting education. A consensus that accounting education had not kept pace with changes in the accounting profession provided the impetus for forming the AECC. With its emphasis on rule memorization and report preparation, accounting education was not adequately preparing students for the challenges practicing accountants typically face. Accounting education needed to change, placing greater emphasis on developing critical thinking, problem solving, and communication skills. Much of the literature on this change in accounting education has focused on financial accounting education. This paper examines the effect of this change on tax education. The thesis advanced is that change in tax education represents an opportunity for accounting educators at Christian liberal arts colleges. First, when making the case for a liberal arts education it is often-cited that a liberal arts education enjoys a comparative advantage in the development of critical thinking, problem solving, and communication skills. These skills are emphasized and developed when tax courses are taught from the user perspective, allowing use

Year: 2011
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