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In this Issue : September 2019

For this year's education issue, the editors have, as in the past, assembled a number of articles comparing educational methods, revisiting the college curriculum, analyzing CPA exam performance, and bringing practical experience into the classroom. But this year, we are putting the voices of the next generation front and center as well. Many experienced CPAs have questions about young CPAs—what they think of the profession, what they expect from their career and their employer—and who better to answer those questions than these young current and future professionals themselves?

In our In Focus section, moderator Orumé Hays conducted a virtual roundtable of recent graduates and current students to collect their opinions on the accounting profession and what drew them to the field. We believe that readers will appreciate the variety of different paths that they have taken to reach where they are today. There is no single journey to becoming a CPA today, and the experiences of the next generation will shape professional practice for years to come.

In our News & Views section, professor Joel Lanz collaborated with several of his students to relate their experiences in developing a student community of learning based on the technical committee model. This approach will be familiar to Society members; the students used it to expand their knowledge base and to appreciate the value of constant learning and continuing professional education, traits that will serve them well wherever their professional careers take them.

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