The Standards-Setting Process in Accounting: Lessons for Education and Workplace Reform

D. Merritt, T. Bailey

Perceptions about the changing nature of work and changing skill requirements have led many to believe that the United States needs a better system of education and workforce preparation. Standards could play a central role in that system by emphasizing educational outcomes and by clarifying what young people need to know and be able to do to embark on a career. Merritt and Bailey examine the accounting profession's complex system of standards and assessments in order to draw lessons for other groups presently working on a national system of industry-based skill standards.

MDS-949 / August 1998

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