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Accounting Advisory Councils: Engagement Between Practice and Academe

Advances in Accounting Education: Teaching and Curriculum Innovations

ISBN: 978-1-78973-394-5, eISBN: 978-1-78973-393-8

Publication date: 7 October 2019


Since at least the 1980s, the accounting profession has discussed and written about the gap between academics and the practice of accounting. More recently, accounting academics have joined the call for increased faculty engagement with the accounting profession. As a result, the 2018 Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International (AACSB) Eligibility Procedures and Standards for Accounting Accreditation include “Engagement” as a significant pillar of the new standards. The objective is to challenge accounting department faculty to engage more intentionally with accounting practitioners. Accounting Advisory Councils might represent an important opportunity to achieve such engagement. The authors conducted a survey to gain an understanding of advisory councils and how they might address the concerns of the accounting profession for more interaction and collaboration between the academy and the profession. It is encouraging that 96% of our AACSB accounting accredited respondents indicated that they have a functioning Accounting Advisory Council and that they believe the Council is very valuable in support of the department’s mission. In addition, the accounting department leaders reported a very high level of engagement with council members outside regular meetings. The survey results of this chapter provide additional insights on organization, membership, and engagement regarding Accounting Advisory Councils.




We thank the Accounting Leaders who participated in this survey for their candid responses that might help inform more active advisory board practices. We also thank Elizabeth Meyer for her research assistance translating the survey into Qualtrics.


Norman, C.S. and Bagranoff, N.A. (2019), "Accounting Advisory Councils: Engagement Between Practice and Academe", Calderon, T.G. (Ed.) Advances in Accounting Education: Teaching and Curriculum Innovations (Advances in Accounting Education, Vol. 23), Emerald Publishing Limited, Bingley, pp. 133-151.



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