In this post-Enron era and its aftermath, employers value accounting graduates who possess skills beyond necessary technical accounting proficiency. Even as the body of accounting knowledge grows, important skills such as critical thinking, writing, ethical awareness and potentially teamwork can be developed through a structured project that utilizes the insights into accounting practice generated regularly by independent knowledge repositories such as The Wall Street Journal. Once in place a Wall Street Journal or similar project provides the instructor an efficient means to witness, monitor and document student progress in developing skill-related learning outcomes. Additionally, the grading process provides the instructor an opportunity to learn about challenges facing accounting practitioners especially in this time of heightened ethical awareness and the resultant expansion of professional services.

This article is from the Accounting Instructors’ Report, an electronic journal that provides teaching tips and insights to those who teach accounting and other business courses.


Michael J. Krause, Le Moyne College


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