ERIC Number: EJ899445
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-May
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 23
Incorporating Sarbanes-Oxley into a College Accounting Curriculum: Lessons Learned
Ragan, Joseph M.; Rizman, Brian J.; Gregory, Jonathan T.
Journal of College Teaching & Learning, v4 n5 p43-59 May 2007
This paper attempts to identify the ways and give examples of how Sarbanes-Oxley compliance can be taught in real time using the SAP R/3 system and the many lessons derived from the experience. The Sarbanes-Oxley Act significantly impacts CEO's, CFO's and public accountants. It also applies to all levels of management. Organizations and their managers need to recognize the significance of Sarbanes-Oxley compliance as well as the benefits it can provide. These benefits include reliability of the financial statements, quality of reporting, and also the opportunity to review a company's processes and enhance the efficiency of all financial and operating departments. Integrating SAP technology into the classroom has been one of the primary initiatives of the Department of Accounting, a signature program at Saint Joseph's University, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The implementation and roll-out process has covered a variety of areas from navigation to key business processes and accounting within SAP R/3. With the evolution of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act and the need for compliance within a company, the department decided that students should be given exposure on how to use SAP R/3 to conduct 404 walkthroughs in consonance with the Sarbanes-Oxley initiatives. Due to the integrative nature of SAP technology the system is best able to conduct audit processes and create exception reports needed to identify material weaknesses and deficiencies.
Descriptors: Federal Legislation, Accountability, Financial Audits, Reports, Compliance (Legal), Computer Software, Accounting, College Instruction, Technology Uses in Education
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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