Macquarie emerged in the early 1960s both as a stopgap and a vote of confidence in the future. On the one hand, it would service the overflow of students from Sydney, on the other hand produce the army of technically competent, well rounded citizens which Australia would need in the new global age. Accounting began in a subdued tone, a service program to the more prestigious Economics progam. The insecurities of the 1970s changed all that: the search for employability and structural changes in the nature of both corporation and culture in the West, drove ever-growing numbers of domestic students into Accounting courses, the Macquarie program growing by double digits year on year. The radical changes of the Dawkins reforms, the 'export' of Australian education and the rise of the enterprise university only exacerbated this growth, the Macquarie Accounting undergraduate and graduate programs propelling the discipline in the largest in the University, and among the largest in the Southern Hemisphere. Macquarie Accounting has responded then, as now, with innovation and a continuing commitment to the Macquarie ideal of the rounded graduate. It has been a Department committed to the communication of a "humane reckoning", a transformative principle in the life of students, the University, and the discipline more broadly. It is in this legacy of accountability that the Department faces the future, and invites its alumni and community members to join with it…
Mark Hutchinson is an Australian intellectual historian and the author and/or editor of 11 books and over 90 research papers. He is currently employed as Director of Strategy, Partnerships and Innovation at the Scots College.
Karen Handley completed her PhD in 2013 in the Department of Accounting and Corporate Governance at Macquarie University, where she is currently employed as a Research Fellow.