Transparency Improved or Impeded?

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A little-noticed accounting change is coming down the pike that will have a major impact on business. According to the New York Times, this one has corporate executives up in arms — and scrambling to comply. Questions: 1. What is the title of the new FASB rule? 2. Which equity investments are affected? 3. How… Read more »

A World without Stores? Where will we hangout?

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According to CNN, America’s long-standing love affair with shopping at malls and department stores may be nearing an end. Questions: 1. Compare the drop in jobs at shopping mall retail stores Between 2001 and 2016 and those jobs at coal mines. What does this say? 2. What are the demographics of workers at shopping mall… Read more »

Upside or downside?

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According to the Washington Post, Purdue has acquired the for-profit Kaplan University to extend its reach into online and adult education, which some see as an unusual move for a public institution. Questions: 1. What were the benefits to Purdue of acquiring Kaplan? 2. What are the potential downsides of this acquisition for Purdue? 3…. Read more »

Promises Kept? Buy American, Hire Americans?

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According to Lydia O’Neal with the International Business Times, President Donald Trump recently signed an executive order urging the U.S. to “buy American,” in part by encouraging the Departments of Commerce and State to prioritize American firms when they dole out lucrative contracts. Unfortunately, a report released last week found, that the direction may not… Read more »

Too Many Bureaucrats?

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The California State Auditor has delivered a damning assessment of the management practices at the single largest university system in the United States. Questions: 1. What controls could have prevented this situation? 2. How does this affect costs? 3. According to the audit, how does the rate compare to other organizations within the California government… Read more »

So you want privacy?

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The privacy protections, approved in the final days of the Obama administration, would have required ISPs to get permission from customers before collecting and sharing their data. However, President Trump signed off on a repeal of the Internet privacy protections before they were able to take effect — despite an outcry from consumer groups and… Read more »

Time to Cash In

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Miss Kindergarten is in the million-dollar club. So are Lovin Lit, the Moffatt Girls and about a dozen other teacher-entrepreneurs who are spinning reading, math, science and social studies into gold by selling their lesson plans online to fellow teachers around the world. Questions: 1. What types of things do these websites offer? 2. What… Read more »

Surprise, Surprise, Surprise

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United Airlines, the Chicago-based giant at the center of a public relations storm for its forcible removal of a passenger from a weekend flight, has spent more than $41 million during the past decade to lobby the federal government, often battling consumer-friendly causes. Questions: 1. What were some of these consumer-friendly causes that United lobbied… Read more »

March Madness at Uber

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Uber experienced the worst month it has had during its eight-year history in March 2017. There were car crashes, the company president quit, and an entire country turned its back on the app. Questions: 1. Which country forced Uber to withdraw and why? 2. Which company is Uber accused of stealing from and what did… Read more »

Tuition Free College?

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According to CNN, New York just became the first state in the nation to make tuition free for middle class students at both two- and four-year public colleges. Questions: 1. When does this program start? 2. What are the income caps in order to obtain free tuition? 3. What are the restrictions after graduation? 4…. Read more »