Scott Showalter, director of the Master of Accounting Program and professor of practice in the Department of Accounting, was interviewed for The Last Word column in the January 2019 issue of the Journal of Accountancy. Professor Showalter, who also serves as chairman of the Federal Accounting Standards Advisory Board (FASAB), shared his ideas on topics ranging from what (accounting) students are passionate about to advice to students entering the workforce to how colleges and universities should embrace change.
“I don’t think today’s students want anything different than what I wanted when I graduated from the University of Richmond in 1975 — to make a difference. What I do perceive as different is how they will make that difference. The profession needs to leverage current and emerging technologies to enhance students’ professional and personal lives. The good news is the students are up to the challenge. For example, every year, we have 25 to 30 undergraduate teams complete practicum experiences, helping organizations solve problems using business analytics. The companies are always impressed with the quality of the results of the practicums. We should not be afraid to challenge students.”
Read the The Last Word.