It's been a long time since my last post. Several things have happened in the meantime. I've been out of the country on sabbatical without much access to the web. Then I spent three weeks in upstate New York, in similar circumstances--the only way to get online was to drive into town and go to the library which was only open between 11 and 4 three days a week. SInce I was helping my daughter with a new baby, that didn't happen much!
What is a sabbatical about anyway? Finding time to refresh oneself, renew the creative juices, and get beyond keeping up with the daily workload to planning something new. A couple of results from that will be implemented at Susquehanna within the next two academic years. More details in the next paragraph. I also have an article accepted for publication and have nearly completed writing a teaching case on the solar energy alternatives. I hope to have this published for other professors to use in their classrooms. The dynamism of the current solar energy market is a great way to explore the advantages and disadvantages of different capital budgeting techniques. Finally, I worked with the Dean and we managed to hire an accountant for our faculty during a time when many schools have hiring freezes! A good deal accomplished in a couple of months!
This fall Susquehanna will implement a new minor in professional accounting. It will allow extended study in the accounting area for those with a different major. We are also preparing a proposal for changes to the major. The plan is to update the auditing course to reflect new exam content and finish designing an additional accounting information systems course,
Today I was asked to serve on a panel for the PICPA at a conference in Hershey on June 25. Many people don't understand the 150 hour rule. As a result, prospective students restrict their college search unnecessarily and prospective employers may not consider well qualified students. There are many ways to address the 150 hour rule, and I applaud this effort by the PICPA to support a broad based conversation about how different schools can contribute. I need to firm up travel return dates from a conference in Lyon, France earlier in June so that I can participate in this conference. I'll keep you posted.