Instructor weaves experience in private sector to modernize accounting course material
Raqule Crawley prepares students for the ‘evolving focus on data analytics’
Raqule Crawley, BBA ’02, MS ’03, CPA, joined the private sector after graduating from the Carl H. Lindner College of Business as a student in the Lindner Honors-PLUS program. She worked as an audit senior at Deloitte and in acquisition and divestiture consultation and external cash flows at Proctor & Gamble before returning to Lindner as an instructor.
Now in her seventh year as a faculty member at Lindner, Crawley injects her work experience in the classroom.
“I can bring real-world knowledge into the classroom and help students understand the connection between textbook learning and how it applies in the workplace,” she said. “Additionally, my experience helps students see the application of material in addition to the theoretical learning.”
Crawley’s teaching methodology has been amplified for one class in particular: Advanced Financial Reporting (ACCT 4033). She has altered course content to meet the needs of modern accounting to accommodate an emphasis on data analytics.
"As our faculty considered the best way to prepare students for the evolving focus on data analytics, we realized that ACCT 4033 was a perfect vehicle for the new content," said Margaret Reed, PhD, CPA, department head and professor educator of accounting. "Raqule Crawley has done an amazing job of incorporating new skills and bringing those to life for our students."
Advanced Financial Reporting was originally an extension of the department's Intermediate I and II courses, touching on topics such as equity, accounting for income taxes, stock-based compensation and earnings per share.
“After benchmarking with other schools and reviewing our curriculum, we reorganized both of the Intermediate courses to ensure all necessary material could be covered within two semesters,” Crawley said. “This freed time to allow us to focus on other technical skills in Advanced Financial Reporting.”
Crawley noted that the course has been kept online this year to build students’ competency when working virtually on their own and in groups. She also said student feedback regarding the course changes has been positive, particularly when it relates to jobs and preparing to sit for the CPA exam.
According to Crawley, a “pervasive” theme to the course is learning to communicate the following in a clear and concise manner:
Financial Accounting Standards Board codification – to help students both with their CPA exam preparation and familiarization with generally accepted accounting principles research.
Microsoft Excel – to ensure students can synthesize and organize data efficiently and draw conclusions.
Financial statement analysis – teach students to calculate key ratios to determine efficiency and effectiveness.
Data analytics – comparing and contrasting the types of accounting data analytics and understanding the types of accounting data analytic software.
“It’s one thing to be able to perform accounting work,” Crawley said, “but the true power and strength lies in sharing this information in a useful manner.”
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