The Public Accountant-
What Will He Be Like in 1980?
Educators Talk It Over
by H. Justin Davidson
THE FUTURE OF ACCOUNTING EDUCATION—a problem of increasing
concern to the accounting profession—brought approximately 20
of this country's leading accountants and accounting educators to the
Carnegie Institute of Technology for a two-day conference December
15 and 16. Moderated by Robert M. Trueblood of our Pittsburgh
Office, who is currently Visiting Ford Research Professor at Carnegie
Tech, the conference was one of the first to bring together leading
accounting educators and practitioners in face-to-face discussion of
educational problems. The conference was made possible by the financial
support of Touche, Ross, Bailey & Smart through the TROBAS
Practicing CPAs attending the conference included John L. Carey,
Executive Director—American Institute of CPAs; Herman Bevis, Executive
Partner—Price Waterhouse & Co. and Vice-President of the
American Institute of CPAs; Harry C. Zug, Partner—Lybrand, Ross
Bros. & Montgomery and Past President of the Pennsylvania Institute
of CPAs; Elmer G. Beamer, Partner—Haskins & Sells; and Edward S.
Lynn, Director of the Education Division—American Institute of CPAs.
Accounting educators at the conference included Herbert E. Miller,
University of Michigan; Sidney Davidson, University of Chicago;
Norton M. Bedford, University of Illinois; William M. Frasure, University
of Pittsburgh, and Paul E. Fertig, Ohio State University. Participants
from Carnegie Institute of Technology included George L.
Bach, Dean of the Graduate School of Industrial Administration, and
Professors W. W. Cooper and Richard M. Cyert.
Starting with a forecast of management practices in the 1980s, the
participants discussed what impact the current trend toward the use of
more analytical techniques in management problem solving will have
on the three phases of accounting practice—audit, taxes, and management
services. Prospective developments in these phases of accounting
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