Thursday, October 12, 2006

Accounting Faculty--Most God-Fearing Academics?

Paul Caron, recently named one of America's 100 most influencial people by Accounting Today, published a study by Neil Gross and Solon Simmons which made it to Inside Higher Ed. According to the study, accounting faculty (63.6% vs. 35.7% for all faculty) had the highest proportion of faculty with a strong belief in God. Business and related disciplines were quite interesting: finance faculty rated third and marketing faculty fourth--by contrast, economics and computer science were among faculty groups least likely to believe.

I have not spoken about faith in a while, nor by any means am I the best example of a devout and fully righteous person. I do believe--though I am somewhat surprised to find many others in my field. It should be remembered, however--the study did NOT specify WHAT God the faculty member believed in.


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