Advances in Accounting Education: Teaching and Curriculum Innovations publishes both non-empirical and empirical articles dealing with accounting pedagogy. All articles explain how teaching methods or curricula/programs can be improved. Non-empirical papers are academically rigorous, and specifically discuss the institutional context of a course or program, as well as any relevant tradeoffs or policy issues. Empirical reports exhibit sound research design and execution, and develop a thorough motivation and literature review, including references from outside the accounting field, where appropriate. Volume 15 examines the following topics: ways to incorporate self-directed learning in managerial accounting courses, the intent of students to major in accounting during recessionary periods; and incorporating core competencies in the accounting curriculum. Volume 15 also includes a special section that examines efforts to integrate accounting with other core business disciplines in the curriculum. This section includes the experiences of two universities that successfully integrated introductory accounting material with other business courses.