Founded in 1785, the University of Georgia hosts over 36,000 students in 17 different schools and colleges. The accounting department equips students with critical analytical skills before they enter the workforce. Professor of Accounting Information Systems, Margaret Christ discusses the importance of fostering data skills in the classroom to prepare students for their first jobs. Since analytics knowledge is a leading factor in hiring decisions at accounting firms, professors at UGA decided to incorporate hands-on Tableau trainings and use cases into the coursework. After incorporating the tool, professors have seen a new energy in accounting classes. Students eagerly engage with Tableau while gaining real-world experience for their future professions.
Tableau: Why did you bring Tableau into your classroom? Margaret Christ, Professor, Accounting Information Systems: We've decided that we want all of our undergrad accounting students to have some exposure to data analytics before they go into their internships and into their jobs. Accounting firms have all told us that they really want the accounting students to have those skills when they start. In the last couple years, data analytics has become a really important initiative in most of the accounting firms. Most accounting students graduate with jobs and so we have a constant dialogue with the firms about what skill sets they really want their staff to have. Tableau: How do you use Tableau in the classroom? Margaret: In the last two years, we've really ramped up our analytics and we have started to incorporate hands-on Tableau training in class, and then a Tableau case. It's been really exciting. The students have really taken to it and have been kind of reenergized by the opportunity.