New Student Loan Default Study

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New data suggests that many popular perceptions of student debt are incorrect. The huge run-up in loans and the subsequent spike in defaults have not been driven by $100,000 debts incurred by students at expensive private colleges. Instead, they are driven by $8,000 loans at for-profit colleges and, to a lesser extent, community colleges. Borrowing… Read more »

On the heels of Pacioli!

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Jacob Fugger was a Renaissance-era banker and industrialist from the German city of Augsburg. At the time of his death in 1525, his fortune equaled nearly 2 percent of Europe’s total economy. Questions: 1. According to the article, there is much to learn about how Fugger built his riches. Why? 2. What were some of… Read more »

The New Age of Performance Evaluations

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Beginning in September, Accenture, one of the largest companies in the world, will get rid of the annual performance review. Questions: 1. By disband rankings and the once-a-year evaluation process, what does the company hope to accomplish? 2. According to the article, what percentage of Fortune 500 companies have gotten rid of rankings? 3. What… Read more »

A Bizarre Story: Watch what you say!

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A man having a colonoscopy sued two doctors and their practices for defamation and medical malpractice last week, after he found that his cell phone had recorded a most horrific “trash talking” event during his procedure, as well as evidence of a falsified diagnosis. In the trial, the jury ordered the anesthesiologist and her practice… Read more »

College a Commodity?

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Unfortunately, most everyone now evaluates college in purely economic terms, thus reducing it to a commodity like a car or a house. There is now a cottage industry built around such data. Questions: 1. According to the author, what does the value of a degree depend upon and why should it be set apart from… Read more »

Good News for the Class of 2015!

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According to the Washington Post, the New York Federal Reserve found that the demand for college-educated workers has picked up over the past year after flatlining in 2013. Additionally, it has risen more than 10 percent in the first few months of this year. Questions: 1. How many people were unemployed at the peak of… Read more »

How would you like a Big Raise?

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Dan Price, the founder of Gravity Systems—a credit card processing company based in Washington—shocked his employees by raising the minimum wage to $70,000 over the next three years. Questions: 1. What percentage raise will that be based on the average wage now? 2. Where did Dan get the idea? 3. Do you think that his… Read more »

The World of Drones

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At a farm in Dublin, Ireland, Paul Brennan took a video that has gone viral for its creativity in using drones – rounding up sheep. Questions: 1. Put on your thinking cap. Is there any task that a drone could do in the future to assist the accountant or auditor? 2. Besides Amazon, what other… Read more »

No longer Big Brother watching – Now its Big Teacher!

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At Rutgers University, online student must download Proctortrack, a new anti-cheating technology, prior to taking exams. Questions: 1. Did you agree or disagree that the software was intrusive? Discuss the pros and cons of it. 2. Do you agree or disagree that human behavior in test taking can be reduced to an algorithm? Discuss. 3…. Read more »

A First!

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Cathy Engelbert has been named CEO of Deloitte, becoming the first woman CEO of a major U.S. accounting and consulting firm. Questions: 1. What are the names of the Big 4 accounting firms? 2. How long has Ms. Engelbert been with Deloitte? 3. What distinctions does Deloitte hold with respect to hiring? Source: Frizell, S…. Read more »