Title

Employers’ Perceptions of Online Accounting Education

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

8-26-2014

Publication Title

American Journal of Distance Education

DOI

10.1080/08923647.2014.924725

Abstract

The main focus of this research is on perceptions of accounting employers of those individuals obtaining their accounting education online. An online survey of accounting professionals was conducted, and the findings suggest that a candidate with a traditional education is more suitable for employment than a candidate with an online education. Also, the reputation of the candidate’s institution, as well as the candidate’s grade point average and work experience, all have an impact on an employer’s hiring decision. However, the perception of respondents is that online education is becoming more acceptable. Further, the online education experience of recruiters does not impact their hiring decisions.