Australian Accounting Enrolments and Student Load: An Empirical Note on Trends and Composition Through the 1990s

Worthington, Andrew C. & Higgs, Helen (2001) Australian Accounting Enrolments and Student Load: An Empirical Note on Trends and Composition Through the 1990s. Accounting Research Journal, 14(2), pp. 186-199.

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This statistical note examines trends in Australian accounting enrolments and student load, together with the composition of enrolments and course completions, over the 1990s. Unpublished higher education statistics from the Department of Employment, Training and Youth Affairs (DETYA) is extracted at the specific and broad field of study level for the purposes of the analysis. Three main trends are noted. First, in spite of moderate growth rates in most Australian states, the relative position of the accounting discipline in terms of all business-related enrolments and student load has declined over the last decade. Second, Australian growth in accounting enrolments and student load is not evenly distributed across all States and Territories with growth rates higher in Queensland, Tasmania and Western Australia and lower in Victoria and the ACT. Finally, the composition of accounting enrolments and course completions has changed markedly during the last decade. Female participation rates have increased, with the exception of doctoral programs and masters by coursework, and the share of enrolments by overseas fee-paying undergraduates/postgraduates and domestic fee-paying postgraduates has also increased.

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ID Code: 2577
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: accounting enrolments, student load, student completions
ISSN: 1030-9616
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > COMMERCE MANAGEMENT TOURISM AND SERVICES (150000) > ACCOUNTING AUDITING AND ACCOUNTABILITY (150100) > Accounting Auditing and Accountability not elsewhere classified (150199)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > SPECIALIST STUDIES IN EDUCATION (130300) > Specialist Studies in Education not elsewhere classified (130399)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2001 QUT
Copyright Statement: Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Deposited On: 18 Nov 2005 00:00
Last Modified: 05 Jan 2011 13:25

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