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Doctor of Education (Ed.D.)




The purpose of this research was the development of an explicit methodology for determining whether or not an individual Virginia community college accounting program is congruent with community needs, as reflected by the perceptions of program graduates and local employers. Thomas Nelson Community College and its service area were chosen as the site for testing the instruments and the evaluation processes developed.;Based upon the data collected in the test area, it was concluded that: (1) The Model, as revised based upon a metaevaluation, might serve as a process for the collection and evaluation of appropriate data. However, the limitations associated with the use of mailed questionnaires tend to vitiate its usefulness; (2) A Curriculum Competency Selection Paradigm, developed for this study, may prove useful in selecting competencies for inclusion in a vocationally-oriented curriculum; (3) The accounting-related competency data collected in this survey, along with the data collected in similar previous studies, may provide a useful set of criteria for determining accounting curriculum content; (4) Accounting program participants possess marketable skills, obtained through training in the community college program, as evidenced by their employment in a wide variety of positions and organizations. General accounting tasks are the function most frequently performed; (5) The accounting program content need not be differentiated for either type or size of organization; (6) A cooperative (internship) program should be considered as an integral part of the accounting program; (7) A relatively large number of accounting program graduates pursue continuing education; and (8) The Virginia Peninsula Vocational Education Council should be used to the fullest extent as a medium for the exchange of vocationally oriented information.;Further study of the following topics as related to the community college accounting curriculum may be appropriate: (1) investigation to determine any changes in accounting program requirements; (2) the effect of the microprocessor on the requirements associated with accounting positions: (3) the extent bookkeeping machines (other than EDP equipment) are used by graduates; (4) the most effective proportion of the accounting curriculum to be devoted to electives; (5) the reasons for the relatively high proportion of graduates participating in continuing education; and (6) an assessment of the VCCS program evaluation objectives.



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