Most questioners ask only rhetorically.
In response to my statement, “What is I do? I’m an accounting professor,” I wish I had a nickel for every time I heard __________ (fill in the blank with a much less than flattering comment about either accounting, accountants, or accounting classes in college).
In response to my statement, “I’m on an e-mail listserv with 1,000 other accounting professors,” I wish I had a nickel for every time I heard __________ (fill in blank with a much less than flattering comment about how little there is to talk about, and what we talk about must be exceedingly boring).
So, what did the accounting professors really talk about today?
- “In my opinion the Number 1 disgrace in higher education is grade inflation.” And student evaluations of teaching are identified as the causal factor.
- Rankled by Rankings: The problems with the ranking of best accounting programs, best accounting departments, best college, best universities in country, best universities in world.
- Stephen Colbert uses an iPad at the 2010 Grammy.
- Designing Corporate Governance Systems
- Canadian Signs of IFRS Transitions to Come in the United States
- The enduring impact of transient emotions on decision making – being predictably irrational. I don’t think anyone believes in EMH (efficient markets hypothesis) anymore, except economists, economists advising President Obama, and corporate PR people.
- Could it be that some audit firms take on fewer clients when risks of negligence lawsuits increase?
- The major problem in accountics research using statistical inference is the underlying assumption of stationary-state is the real world where probabilities on constantly in transition.
- Oh, … and how Dave Albrecht uses retesting to implement mastery learning concepts in his classes. [Hey, I didn’t even bring it up.]
I love the experience. The discussions are fodder for the educated mind. It comes at a cost,though. Reading all these e-mails takes a significant portion of the three hours I daily devote to e-mail processing. It can take an hour (or more) to craft a reply. My reply to item #9 will take many hours and be the next blog post (or 2 or 3) to The Summa.
I’ m not suggesting that anyone sign up and participate, but some might want to sign up and monitor the discussions. Instructions for signing up are here:
Debit and credit – - David Albrecht