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A Humane Reckoning - From Accounting to Accountability at Macquarie University

The full-year subject 05110 Accounting 1, … had asco-requisites Introductory Statistics, Introduction to Computing andMathematics of Finance … Whatever else it was that Macquarie accountinggraduates would be able to do, they would be able to count.

Easton's rigour and international focus revolutionised the image of accounting as a practical discipline. "… Peter's research showed that there was a wealth of information hidden in these boring accounts. If you knew it, you could work out what was going on, and what was going to go on" [S. Wright].

Leung … particularly liked … "people,planet, participation", … embedded in the new (2009) University graduate attributes and curriculum, and encapsulated in each degree by a "capstone" unit that would "bring together all the related areas of learning that students have completed throughout their study …"

Why, then, did Macquarie Accounting's extraordinary research profile in international accounting, and its enormous prestige in China, not translate into greater internal standing and external reputation?